The Watonwan County Highway Department collected more paint during their May 28 hazardous waste collection than ever before, said the department’s Marjorie Smith.

May 28 was one of only two days during the year--the days are always the final Wednesday of May and the final Wednesday of September--for residents to rid themselves of hazardous materials. The county collected from 3-6 p.m., and, around 5:45 p.m., dozens of vehicles were still forming a serpentine line down the road.

“People line up starting at 2 p.m.,” Smith said. “They’re willing to wait an hour.”

Though the paint was the staggering item, they also collect stain, chemicals, electronics, appliances, and tires, she said. Electronics include televisions and computers, while appliances are mostly refrigerators and water heaters.

Smith said the department serviced 195 households in the three-hour window during which they collected this May, which must be a record. “It’s a good service for the county, and they really use it.”

For the rest of the story, please see the June 5 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.