To the question "Does Benton County need a household hazardous waste disposal facility?" my reply is "Absolutely." I would suggest we create more than one in Benton County and a few in Franklin County, also.
With the physical size of each of the counties, it would be shortsighted to only have one. Where would you put it if you built only one in Benton County? Kennewick, where most of the population lives, or in Prosser where it could service the farms? How about three or four in each county? In Benton County, there could be one in the Richland "Y" area, one in the east part of the county near the fairgrounds (at the Kennewick City shops), plus one in Prosser.
In Franklin County, there should be one in the far east end of Pasco to service the farms and industrial areas (perhaps at Basin Disposal), one in the Road 68 area (adjacent to the fire station at Argent/Road 68?), and one in the north county near Connell.
Let's face it, people are basically lazy. If they have to drive a long distance to dispose of oils, paint products, or other hazardous waste, they likely will put it in their trash or dump it where it shouldn't be dumped.
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If we really want people to use a hazardous waste disposal facility we have to make it easy enough and convenient enough for them so they won't dump their waste illegally.
-- MIKE LAUMAN, Pasco