This month marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Washington County Environmental Center, which will celebrate the landmark with a public open house 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the center, 4039 Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury.
The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the Environmental Center, Free Product Room, recycling, organics, fix-it clinics, and more. The free, family-friendly event will include light refreshments and snacks, tours of the facility, and the opportunity to make non-toxic household cleaner. No RSVP is necessary.
Since opening its doors Sept. 12, 2009, the Environmental Center has served more than 400,000 customers. During the past 10 years, the Environmental Center has received nearly 500,000 gallons of latex paint, more than 250,000 gallons of used oil, and more than 16 million pounds of electronics, the approximate weight of 3,500 minivans.
The Environmental Center provides a free and safe drop-off location for household hazardous waste, electronics, household sharps, and recyclables. New this year, residents can drop-off organics, such as food scraps and paper towels, to be recycled into compost.
“The Environmental Center provides valuable services and allows residents to properly manage household hazardous waste and electronics, as well as recycling, sharps, and home organics,” said Lowell Johnson, Director of the Department of Public Health & Environment. “Each participant is making a volunteer choice to protect public health and prevent environmental contamination. We are especially proud of the high level of participation with the Free Product Room, which promotes reuse and offers free usable products.”
More information about the Environmental Center and open house is available at www.co.washington.mn.us/envirocenter.