Effective October 1st, Coral Springs residents will no longer be able to drop off Household Hazardous Waste on weekends at the Broward County Collection Center on Powerline Road. Since the inception of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection program in the 1990’s, Coral Springs, along with 25 other cities, have been part of an Interlocal Agreement whereby the County collected the funds necessary to run the program through the disposal fees at the Waste to Energy facilities. The Agreement with the County expired on July 3rd, but the program was funded through Sept. 30th. The County gave cities the option to purchase the service for an annual fee, based on population. In the case of Coral Springs, the fee was $250,000 per year. The cities of Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale, and Pompano, believed the cost was excessive and chose to not go with the County, rather opting to put out their own bid under the Broward County Cooperative Purchasing Consortium.
The lead City, Coconut Creek, intends to award a contract on October 10, after which the cities just named could sign on through a Joint Use Agreement, with each City paying its proportionate share. The residents from each City that sign the Agreement would be able to go to the others collection event. These events would not be every weekend with the frequency yet to be determined.
“We encourage our residents who have an urgency to dispose of hazardous waste to do so at the County Station on September 21 or September 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Public Works Director Rich Michaud said. “Once an agreement has been made, we will inform our residents of the new drop off opportunities.”
However, under the Waste Pro contract which begins January 1, 2014, residents can drop off paint, electronics, and fluorescent lights (only) on the first Saturday of the month at the Waste Transfer Station at the end of Wiles Road. Readers are encouraged to check back periodically on the progress of the multi city program.