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Hazardous Waste Disposal

The following items are accepted free of charge:
  • Paint, Stains, Solvents, Etc. Latex, Oil-Based, Aerosol, and Hobby Paints; Lacquers, Solvents, Stains, Strippers, Thinners, Varnishes, etc. Limited to a total of 50 gallons.
  • Lawn and Garden: Lawn & Houseplant Fertilizers, Herbicides, Insecticides, Pesticides, Rodent Poisons, Wood Preservatives, etc.
  • Household: Aerosols, Ammonia, Batteries (Cannot be leaking, corroded, rusted, or dirty. Must come in clear resealable bag no
  • larger than 1 gal.), Bleach, Cleaners (carpet, drain, oven, toilet), Cooking & Lamp oils, Degreasers, Deodorizers, Fire Extinguishers, Floor Products, Fluorescent Lights (limited to 100 ft per household per year), Furniture Polish, Laundry Products, Lead Acid Batteries (does not require bag), Mercury, Mothballs, Pool/Spa Chemicals, Photo Chemicals, Rust Removers, Silver Cleaners, Smoke Alarms, Spot Removers, One pound (camping) and Twenty Pound (BBQ) Propane Tanks etc.
  • Porcelain: Toilets, sinks, ceramic tiles, granite, and marble countertops, etc. Remove all non-porcelain parts from toilets. Items must be put in 4 ft. dumpster without staff assistance.
  • Automotive: Antifreeze, Batteries, Brake & Transmission Fluids, Cleaners (bug, tar, chrome, engine, vinyl), Flares, Fuels, Motor Oil, Wax, etc. (Used Motor Oil, antifreeze, and fuels are limited to 10 gallons each [by volume] per customer per appointment per month. All must be separate from each other, must come in containers that are NO larger than 5 gallons. Five-gallon container may only be filled ¾ full and all containers must be left onsite.)
  • Electronics: TVs (20” or smaller CRTs, 40” or smaller flat screen), Central Processing Units (CPUs), Computer Monitors, Keyboards, Mice, Printers, Fax Machines, Laptops, Notebooks, Ultra-Books, Net Books, Electronic Tablets, DVD Players, VCRs, Radios, Stereo Components (no speakers), Video Game Consoles and Video Display Devices with viewing screens greater than 4 inches.
  • Medical Sharps: Must be in a certified medical sharps container no larger than 2.2 quarts available at any pharmacy. Two per household per month accepted.

NOTE: If you have paint totaling more than 50 gallons and/or a large load of hazardous waste items, pre-approval is required. Please call 719-520-7879 or email KathyAndrew@elpasoco.com to schedule the appointment and for further questions.

For all non-El Paso/Teller County residents, please visit the Colorado Department of Health & Environment’s list of Hazardous Waste Collection Programs to find the site nearest you. You may also review the most current online Recycling Directory.
Please visit the El Paso County Community Services page for more information and to register for an appointment on Eventbrite!
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Waste

Not all waste is created (or disposed of) equal. Learn more about disposal of waste generated on our Campuses in the Generated Waste Flow Chart

Garbage

Regular household solid waste can be disposed of in the trash bins located around our campuses. While our custodial staff makes every effort to dispose of recycled materials in the recycling dumsters, they are not in the position of sorting thru solid waste bins. So please make every possible effort to dispose of any recyclable waste into the appointed recycling bins.

Recycling

PPCC offers Single Stream Recycling services. Single stream means that paper, glass and alluminum co-mingle in the same bins. See what can and cannot be recycled in our Recycling Guidelines

​​​Also please take a look at what our PPCC Sustainability Office​​​​​ offers to our community. 

Bio Hazardous

Pikes Peak Community College supplies Sharps containers in designated restrooms. Healthcare patients who use syringes, lancets, and other sharp medical supplies should properly dispose of them separately from standard garbage. This reduces health risks to college maintenance personnel and also waste management workers. To find Sharps locations nearest you please visit our campus maps page. Scroll down to 'Service Maps' and click on 'Sharps Locations'.

Universal

Federal and Colorado State regulations identify materials that can be managed as universal waste. These materials include: batteries, pesticides, mercury-containing equipment, lamps, aerosol cans and electronic devices. Used batteries, produced in the line of state related work, can be disposed of via our battery recycling program. 

Hazardous

The EPA defines hazardous waste as: a waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment. This kind of waste must be kept separate from regular household garbage. Typical household (not commercial) hazardous waste is accepted from El Paso and Teller County residents at no charge

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Other Waste

Pet

As a pet owner you can help, simply by picking up after your pet. Being a responsible pet owner not only keeps walking areas clean for everyone, but it also reduces contaminants in stormwater runoffs. Pikes Peak Community College provides pet waste posts at each campus - for service dogs. Learn more by reading the Scoop the poop brochure and on the City of Colorado Springs webpage. You might be thinking that, since wildlife leaves scat all over the place already, it may be ok for your dog's waste to be left behind on paths and trails. That's inaccurate, read this blog post from Leave No Trace (Center for Outdoor Ethics) and see what researchers in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park have learned.

Automotive

As an automotive owner, or student in the Automotive Program, you can help by simply maintaining your vehicle and properly managing fluids. Drips and leaks may go unnoticed resulting in staining and puddling. Learn what you can do, and what you should avoid doing, in Oil & Automotive Waste Brochure

Landscaping

El Paso County Sponsors a yard waste collection program at Rocky Top Resources every Saturday. El Paso and Teller County Residents can drop off most yard waste (not including sod, dirt, or topsoil) at no charge with donations to Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado

Carwashing

Use commercial carwash facilities, where wash water is treated and cleaned before it is returned to our rivers and streams. If you wash your car at home please:

  • Wash it on gravel, grass or other peremeable surfaces
  • Use plain water, with a coarse sponge, or biodegradable soaps
  • Use a trigger nozzle on your hose, or a bucket, to conserve water

See City of Colorado Springs Car Washing tips for more information.

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Water

Water is a limited resource. It is needed for all living things and must be managed well to ensure we have enough for future generations and protect our environment.

Waste Water

Wastewater is any water that has been affected by human use. Wastewater it's "used water from any combination of domestic, industrial, commercial or agricultural activities, surface runoff or stormwater, and any sewer inflow or sewer infiltration."

Check out this SU Waste Water Treatment Plant Video and learn more from the Water Quality Control Division for Colorado

Storm Water

Stormwater is rain or snow that falls into impervious surfaces such as: parking lots, driveways, rooftops, etc. and leaves the property via curb or gutter. This precipitation, including excessive water from over watering lawns, enters out local water streams through stormwater drains. More at​​​​​​ Storm Water Management

Stormwater is not hazardous, however when it crosses paths with chemicals, pesticides, automotive solutions, landscaping waste, etc. it transports these products directly to our stormwater drains and discharges into our streams. Learn more at Best Management Practices - Procedure Manual

Polluted stormwater discharged into our stormwater drains flow directly into water streams like Monument and Fountain Creek without going through any type of filtering or treatment system. This polluted water can destroy our fish, wildlife and aquatic life habitats and threaten public health with contaminated food, drinking water supplies and recreational waterways. More about Illicit Discharge and City of Colorado Springs Industrial Facilities brochure.

If you are interested in learnign more about Storm Water in our city, check out ​​​​​Colorado Springs Stormwater Main Page

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Hazardous Spills

Hazardous material spills (including biological, chemical and radiological material) pose a serious risk if not promptly and properly responded to by the individuals who initially identify the spill and response staff. 

Procedures

Pikes Peak Community College takes pride in maintaining the human and environmental safety as it relates to spill prevention, control and countermeasures. PPCC follows the State of Colorado guidelines as illustrated in our Spill Prevention Plan (SPCC)

Barrels

To prevent oil and other hazardous materials from entering college storm water inlet drains and into state waters, Spill Containment Barrels have been strategically placed throughout each campus. Procedure in the event of an emergency oil or other hazardous material spill ​​​can be found in Spill Containment Procedure (SPCC) more information on Containment Barrels in case of EMERGENCY