Thousands of dangerous chemicals collected at disposal event

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Sedgwick County residents took advantage of a hazardous chemical disposal event on Saturday.

Thousands of pounds of dangerous chemicals were collected at the remote collection site on the grounds of the WSU Hughes Metroplex throughout the morning. An event coordinator estimated around 40,000 pounds of old paint was collected.

The event was free to residents of the county, many of which dropped off old cleaners, expired medications and partially used cans of paint.

Phil Murray had five years of build-up in his garage of old paint and chemicals. Saturday, he was able to get rid of anything he no longer needed. "This is a way to recycle all that hazardous waste and do it the correct way and not contaminate things and people and the ground," Murray said.

Events like these happen throughout the year, but anyone that did not manage to make Saturday's event can still get rid of their dangerous chemicals. The Sedgwick County Household Hazardous Waste Facility is open Tuesday through Saturday and county residents can drop off most any hazardous waste for free.

Here is a link to the facilities webpage:
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