County seeks Minneapolis haz-waste collection site

Hennepin County is searching for one or two Minneapolis permanent hazardous waste collection sites, where residents and business owners could safely dispose of paint cans, cleaners, pesticides, batteries and defunct electronic goods.

The county has permanent hazardous waste collection sites in Bloomington and Brooklyn Park, according to a memo from Susan Young, director of solid waste and recycling for Minneapolis. Participation drops the farther customers have to travel.

In 2004, the county held 14 multiday hazardous waste collections in Minneapolis, but all but two were neighborhood-specific, the memo said. The city sites had 1,374 participants, or an average of 100 per site.

Young wrote that Minneapolis would benefit from a permanent site because Minneapolis residents have a lower vehicle ownership rate than their suburban peers. The city and county are in the beginning stages of the search.