The answer would be a big yes.
For those of us who are responsible, or would like to be responsible, a hazardous waste site should be available. If a site is not available waste products could end up in our local city sewer waste systems and treatment plants.
Things like paint, used motor oil, acid, just about anything, could show up in a given household at one time or another and disposing of them safely rather than exposing local ecology, people and children is a good idea.
Older homes and farms can harbor chemicals in old buildings and garages, chemicals that have been banned from use many years ago could be brought to a special hazardous waste site, not dumped into the soil or placed in a trash bin to be dumped at the landfill.
As our population grows, the demand for hazardous waste disposal will also grow.
This waste site would have to be a no-charge or very low-charge for disposal of household chemicals.
A large cost of disposal may not work well as it would be easier and much cheaper to dispose of in a manner not kind to our ecology and could end up in our water or food chain. Just take a drive in some of Benton County's remote areas and look at the illegal dumping of garbage and hazardous waste.
If you really think about it, chemical pollution of our water, air and soil is everybody's problem. This pollution could even be linked to why so many cancers and new diseases have evolved in recent years.
Having a mobile disposal program is better than nothing, but having a permanent site is much better. Once someone decides to clean out the waste, they don't want it sitting around for a period of time waiting for the mobile disposal day.
-- MAX L. HATFIELD, Kennewick