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EPA Helps Collect Hazardous Household Materials in Puerto Rico

EPA Helps Collect Hazardous Household Materials in Puerto Rico

San Juan, P.R. (November 27, 2017) – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities, as well as residents, to protect people and prevent hazardous materials from reaching landfills.


EPA is assisting the government of Puerto Rico and municipalities in the collection of household hazardous waste, electronic, and abandoned or “orphan” containers, which include drums, tanks, containers, and cylinders that were found floating in or near water bodies. In Puerto Rico, almost 8,000 drums, propane tanks, cylinders and other containers have been collected to this date and prevented from reaching landfills as a final destination.

“We want to protect people and their families from potential dangers of hazardous items such as batteries, motor oil, old paint and pesticides,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “These items can pose a threat to people and to the environment, so it’s important that they are disposed of properly. Please protect yourself and your community by separating potentially hazardous products from your regular trash and EPA will work to ensure that the materials are disposed of properly.”

Contact Information:
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

EPA employs 17,000 people across the country, including our headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs. Our staff are highly educated and technically trained; more than half are engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs, financial, information management and computer specialists.


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