James Davis, from ASDA Enterprises, tosses an electronic device set for recycling during the Aug. 25 Clean Sweep at the City of Burlington Department of Public Works. More than 400 area residents brought their electronics and hazardous household waste to the annual event. (Photo by Jason Arndt)

Local Clean Sweep event properly disposes of hazardous materials

By Jason Arndt

Staff Writer

A steady stream of more than 400 vehicles passed through the City of Burlington Department of Public Works facility on Saturday when multiple communities participated in the annual Clean Sweep.

The 2022 City of Burlington Joint Municipal Clean Sweep, which is funded through a state grant, drew residents from the city and town of Burlington, village and town of Waterford, Village of Rochester as well as of the Town of Dover and Village of Union Grove.

Peter Riggs, Director of Public Works for the City of Burlington, said the event offered residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste as well as electronic waste.

“We collected household hazardous waste, appliance and electronic waste, compact fluorescent light bulbs, tube fluorescent light bulbs,” said Riggs. “We are taking a lot of materials out of people’s basements and properly disposing them in a safe and clean way.”

Additional items included, but not limited to, weed killer, wood filler, wood preservatives, rechargeable batteries, shoe polish, paint thinner, paint thinner, pesticides, lighter fluid, gasoline and other fuels.

Riggs, meanwhile, said the 2022 event saw a slight increase compared to the previous year.

In 2022, a total of 444 vehicles from six municipalities arrived to the Public Works facility to dispose of items, an uptick of nine from 2021.

The City of Burlington saw the highest participation with 167 vehicles followed by the Town of Burlington at 99.

Participation numbers from other communities consisted of the Town of Waterford, 63; Village of Rochester, 49; Village of Waterford, 34; Town of Dover, 16; and the Village of Union Grove.

To read the entire story see the Sept. 1 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.