Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Msd Sets Collection of Waste for Houses in Eight Zip Codes High Cost of Project Prompts District to Limit Hazardous Material Disposal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Msd Sets Collection of Waste for Houses in Eight Zip Codes High Cost of Project Prompts District to Limit Hazardous Material Disposal

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The high cost of disposing of household hazardous waste has limited a collection of the material scheduled Saturday for residents of eight ZIP codes in the River Des Peres watershed.

That's the explanation of Terry Briggs, director of communication for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.

The eight selected ZIP codes are:

63111 - Carondelet

63117 - Richmond Heights

63123 - Affton

63124 - Ladue

63125 - Lemay

63130 - University City

63143 - Maplewood

63144 - Brentwood

"The district would like to do the entire watershed," Briggs said. "But it doesn't have enough money. It had to narrow the project down," he said.

The watershed includes creeks that drain into the River Des Peres. The creeks run as far west as the Creve Coeur Golf Club, as far north as St. Charles Rock Road, and as far east as Grand Boulevard.

The district must spend $125 for each car whose occupants drop off household hazardous waste at a collection, Briggs said. The district obtained a grant that provides only enough money for 720 cars, Briggs said. Disposing of the hazardous material makes the cost very high, he said.

Household hazardous wastes contain material that is flammable, explosive, corrosive or toxic. Paint is the most common household hazardous waste. Others are pesticides, cleaning products and motor oil.

The collection will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the sewer district's treatment plant on Hoffmeister Road and Broadway in Lemay. Residents must show an admission ticket to enter the site.

Residents should have received the admission tickets last week. Those who did not may call the sewer district at 768-6238 or show proof of residency at the collection site, Briggs said.

The Carondelet area is the only ZIP code in St. Louis included in Saturday's collection. Briggs said the sewer district bypassed the remainder of the watershed in the city because the St. …

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