COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - We all have them, that old tube television or a pair of run-down tires that you don't know how to get rid of. On Saturday El Paso County held hazardous waste clean-up taking in people's toxic materials at no charge to help the environment. So many people showed up that drivers had to wait hours in line.
The event was held at the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Colorado Springs. The county environmental division manager Kathy Andrew says they took in materials they don't usually accept, "We took up to three large televisions, any TV's any size any weight. We took mattresses and tires."
It is a great way to help protect the environment and apparently, a lot of county residents felt the same. What seemed like a never-ending line of cars starting at the drop off location, and stretching from Akers drive down to Constitution and back around to Marksheffel. Drivers telling us they waited more than three hours and were worried they would be turned away. One driver says, "It's terrible. I'm just hoping that they don't close up before we get up there because it has been a long wait."
Some turned around after seeing the long line, "It's definitely a thing we need to do and I'm happy that the county and city are doing this but this is proof positive we need to do it a lot more frequently."
Andrew says she understands the frustrations these drivers are facing and will be making changes in the future, "We have done a reservation system which we will do more significantly for next time."
Those who were in line before the cut off time were still able to drop off their materials. Officials say for those who weren't willing to wait in line, the facility will still take your smaller items on Monday through Friday for free. Mattresses, tires and T.V.s bigger than 19 inches are only accepted on select dates.