John G. McGrath — The Hale Center for Journalism
The first mobile collection event for household hazardous waste in the Kansas City area is happening on April 5 in Independence, Missouri. The event takes place on the corner of Walnut and Liberty Street near the Independence Square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is the kickoff of the mobile collection events for the year and is for all household hazardous waste materials. Click here for a list of acceptable materials.
There are two types of mobile events, one for household hazardous waste (HHW), and the other type of event is only for the following materials: antifreeze, batteries, oil and paint (ABOP). The HHW type of event takes an extensive list of items to be recycled, but the ABOP takes just what the acronym stands for.
Since the April 5th event is the kickoff, Barbara Hensley, public affairs director for the Mid-American Regional Council, said they wanted to give residents a chance at some spring cleaning.
“What they try to do is give people a chance to clean out their garages and under their sinks to get rid of all they have collected throughout the winter,” Hensley said.
The next mobile collection event is scheduled for April 19. This event is for residents of Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Jackson County. It is just a ABOP type of event and takes place between 8 a.m. and noon.