KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Taking care of the environment is becoming more of a priority for Kansas City residents.
"People are becoming more aware that we're here," said Matt Lary, Senior Environmental Officer.
In 2017, 1.6 million pounds of hazardous materials like antifreeze, paint, and oil, were dropped off at the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility to be disposed of the proper way.
That’s an 11 percent increase from 2016.
"We don't want to use the landfill if we don't have to, so if we can reuse something or recycle something, then why not," said Lary.
The facility, located at 4707 Deramus Avenue, accepts drop-offs free of charge every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
They also run a "Swap Shop," where residents can come in and switch their unwanted paint out for another one, for free.