The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 54
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 54

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
Page 54
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M SUNDAY. APRIL 22, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sandee Stainbrook, coordinator of the Salina Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 315 E. Elm, dumps oil into an above-ground storage tank at the facility. Photos by JUSTIN HAYWORTH The Salina Journal Waste Not Educating public about what's hazardous trash is part of coordinator's role By NATE JENKINS The Salina Journal The facility at 315 E. Elm isn't much different than when it opened for business in 1994, but the amount of hazardous products it deals in has. In 1995, just more than 24,000 pounds of household hazardous waste, such as cleaning products, were taken to the Salina Household Hazardous Waste facility. Last year, more than 71,000 pounds of waste were accepted. Part of the reason for the boost in waste brought to the facility is the work of the facility's coordinator, Sandee Stainbrook, a former Peace Corps teacher who has a degree in chemistry. "She's great with kids, and when she's not collecting waste or disposing it, she's educating kids," City Engineer Shawn O'Leary said. "We're happy with the growth in use." Stainbrook loves the classroom and has spent much of her time as coordinator of the relatively new facility teaching young and old alike what products are hazardous to the environment and how to take care of those products. "I'm working hard doing as much educating as I can," Stainbrook said. That includes educating people about products in the past they have not thought to recycle, or sense the product should not be released into the environment but don't know what to do with it. "I think what happens is people set stuff aside because they don't know where to take it," Stainbrook said. When waste is taken to the facility, the motion that eventually turns the products back into something useful kicks into gear. Some of the products, such as used motor oil, are hauled away to businesses able to recycle the materials. "A lot of it gets recycled for use as an alternative fuel source," Stainbrook said. See WASTE, Page 7 Welcome to the global market. All classified line ads published in ne Salim Joumalaie automarically posted on our web site, \v%vw.saljouinaI.coin/saIina/class. So Internet users visiting the Classified section of vsdil see your employment ad, real estate listing, items for sale and more. Salina Journal S^MO^^ 823-6363 • 1-800-827-6363 Water Well Drilling Services Residential Supply • Lawn & Garden r^mrxr^i •Livestock «Le |JL-l •Pump Sales & Installation -Geothermal Heat Pump Wells -Professional Geological Services 785-826-1616 Salina. KS

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