A cleaner and safer environment... That's what Grand Island Mayor, Jay Vavricek, says Betty Curtis was all about.
"Her energy, her caring and commitment to our community. Being environmentally responsible. Her enthusiasm was just boundless," said Mayor Vavricek.
Saturday afternoon, the Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Grand Island was dedicated in honor of Betty Curtis. Known as the 'Queen of Clean', Betty was the Executive Director of the Clean Community System for over 30 years. President Dwight Walton says this facility could not have happened without her.
"She led the charge on the environment for the Grand Island area," said Walton.
Walton says without facilities like this in the community, the alternative is less than desirable.
"These types of items that we collect are simply just going to go in the garbage, go in the landfill. So our ultimate goal is to make sure those items are properly disposed of," said Walton.
The Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts drop-offs on Mondays and every other Saturday. The staff also encourages people to reuse other items or chemicals that are already in the facility, keeping disposal costs down as well as hazardous chemicals out of environment.