To better meet the needs of area residents, the Tri-County Household Haz-ardous Waste Drop-Off Facility and Product Exchange Program have extended their public hours of operation. The biggest schedule change is the facility is no longer closed to the public on Mondays. The new hours, open to the public, are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to Noon. The Household Hazar-dous Waste Drop-Off Facility and Product Exchange, operated by Tri-County Solid Waste Management, accepts household hazardous waste products from residents in Sherburne, Benton and Stearns County free of charge to prevent hazardous materials from entering our environment. The materials or products that residents drop off are either properly disposed of, or those products still in good condition, are made available in the Product Exchange Room for residents in the tri-county area to take for free and reuse in their own home. The Product Exchange Room is stocked with products like paint, stain, cleaning supplies, aerosols, adhesives, pesticides and other home improvement products. The Facility also accepts fluorescent bulbs for free disposal. `For a list of household hazardous waste items accepted at the facility please visit www.co.sherburne.mn.us/zoning/sw/hhw.php. The Tri-County House-hold Hazardous Waste Facility is located at 3601 5th Street South in Waite Park. If you have any questions or request additional information please contact the Tri-County Solid Waste Commission at 1-800-450-6140. Proof of residency is required.