I follow the City of Tampa announcements via my RSS reader (Google Reader, of course) and came across this announcement a few days ago:
We have a cabinet in the garage filled with old paint and chemicals, not to mention a dead TV and some old batteries. We were very excited about being able to dump all of this free. We loaded up the bed of the truck and even helped out a neighbor by taking their old cans of paint as well.
To say the City of Tampa did this right is a massive understatement. Wow. We were blown away from the minute we arrived at the dump site set up in an empty parking lot just off the interstate. We were directed to the first station where they took a quick inventory of what we had to dump and placed cards on our windshield to signal to the next stations where we needed to stop. There were orange cones directing us to each station where we simply had to pull up and the proper items were unloaded for us. We never had to get out of the truck. First were the electronics, then paint/chemicals, and last was the battery disposal. It was so organized and the logistics were so impressive.
Bravo to the City of Tampa for doing green right! And for allowing your citizens to safely dispose of our hazardous chemicals and materials with very little effort other than the 30 minute drive there and back.