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New environment center to open next month

Construction crews are finishing up on the new Washington County Environmental Center, which is set to open on Dale Road and Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury next month.

Washington County closed the doors to its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site in Oakdale Tuesday, June 30, to prepare for its move to a new site in Woodbury.

Construction on the new site, called the Washington County Environmental Center, is expected to wrap up soon, county officials said this week. The county expects the environmental center, located on the corner of Dale Road and Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury, to open for business by mid-August.

Since its opening in 1994, the county's Oakdale recycling site has helped 213,000 residents safely dispose of or recycle more than 12 million pounds of materials. Washington County residents' use outgrew the site, which is owned by the city of Oakdale.

The new, more expansive location will serve as the center for county residents to drop off household hazardous items and other items such as computers, fluorescent light bulbs and televisions that cannot be easily recycled.

Until the center opens, residents may dispose of household hazardous waste for free at any metro county facility. Many retailers also accept specific wastes such as used oil and compact fluorescent bulbs. Find disposal options by material at http://www.rethinkrecycling.com

The environmental center will serve a large number of residents, with 70 percent of all Washington County households located within a 20-minute drive to the new site. Materials accepted at the Center will include household hazardous waste and electronics. A new drop-off service for common recyclables, including paper, cardboard, bottles, and cans will also be provided for residents and small businesses during service hours.

The facility will be open Tuesdays noon to 7 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, including updates on the opening date, see www.co.washington.mn.us/envirocenter or call 651-430-6655.

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