HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
Service Sponsored by GVC Foundation
Managed by the Green Valley Council since 2014
The Green Valley Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is an extension of a bi-annual collection program that was initiated and funded by Pima County for over 10 years in Green Valley. Since 2014 when funding for the County program lapsed, the GVC Foundation has taken on the sole responsibility for holding these collection events, either annually or bi-annually (with the Town of Sahuarita). Although there are drop off centers for hazardous materials located in Tucson, and some items can be taken to the County landfill in Sahuarita, there is strong support for this program from elderly residents who may not be able to travel outside of the community, and from those residents who understand that collection events help overcome complacency and unwelcome behavioral tendencies causing unsightly trash and pollution of the environment.
In the past four (4) years, and in the course of five (5) collection events, almost 12 tons of hazardous waste materials have been processed and no longer pose a threat to the fragile desert wildlife and groundwater. Furthermore, in the past two years, both RISE and the Beacon Group, which are nonprofit organizations, have participated in the event. It is estimated that at least 10 tons of recyclable electronics have been collected and 20 tons of latex paint collected, respectively. These donations are used by the nonprofit group for employment training purposes and in support of their programs.
These events cost between $20,000 to $25,000 in actual expenditures and around $15,000 in donated and in-kind services. To date, the GVC Foundation has received $77,000 in grant awards and $9,000 in donations, plus on-site, event donations of food and cash to the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank.
Please contact the GVC Council office if you are interested in supporting the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
Volunteers are always welcome.