Washington County Environmental Center will expand hours beginning Nov. 3

Washington County will increase the hours of its Environmental Center in Woodbury, from 17 hours each week to 31 hours Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The center’s new hours will be:

•   11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday;

•   8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday;

•   8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday;

•   8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The county has been collecting household hazardous waste since 1989, and the county opened the current Environmental Center in 2009.

Residents have demonstrated high interest in the collection program, and in additional hours at the center. In 2014, 37,323 participants delivered waste to the center, more than double the number in 2007. The number of cars serviced per hour has greatly increased since the center opened, and the center reached the limit of safe and effective service delivery.

Residents have requested additional hours, and a traffic study in 2012 showed cars driving to the center when it is not open. Confidential paper shredding events at the center have also increased its use.

It is expected that 11,585 additional participants will visit the Environmental Center during the expanded hours. The expanded hours will add $289,162 to the annual cost of managing the center, which is part of the center’s 2016 budget.

When hours are added in 2015, the county will pay the additional expense with funds received through the PaintCare Program savings, which allows for the disposal of paint to be paid for through commercial paint vendors, rather than the county.

The Environmental Center is at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury. See the county’s website or call 651-430-6655 for more information.

 

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