County planning named Public Health Hero

Tri-County Health Department has presented the Adams County Planning and Development Department with a 2013 “Public Health Hero of the Year.”

The award recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations in the Tri-County region (Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties) that work to improve or promote public health in the Tri-County area. The department received a 2013 award in recognition of the county’s participation in the long-running, countywide Household Chemical Roundup (HCR) program.

Accepting the award on behalf of Adams County was employee Craig Tessmer, an environmental analyst who has coordinated the county’s participation in the HCR program for many years.

In 2012, a combined total of 55,000 pounds of household chemical waste and 24,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected at two Adams County Household Chemical Roundup and Electronics Recycling drop-off events.

HCR workers also collected 20 tons of paint, 1,115 gallons of used motor oil, 370 gallons of antifreeze, 124 vehicle tires, 158 propane gas cylinders and 2,939 pounds of batteries.

The next HCR event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Thornton Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC), 1245 Washington St., Thornton.

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