DEQ to help residents toss hazardous trash

By The Associated Press

TUNICA — As Tunica Cutoff residents begin clearing debris from flood-ravaged homes, they’re likely to come across items not so easy to toss.

And that’s where the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality hopes to help.

MDEQ will offer opportunities to dispose of household hazardous waste items that property owners encounter while cleaning up the mess left behind by record flooding from the Mississippi River that drove them from their homes.

The Commercial Appeal reports MDEQ staffers and contractors will conduct curbside pick-ups Tuesday and Wednesday

Items accepted will include such liquids as household chemicals, insecticides, poisons, used oil and gasoline, paint, herbicides and solvents.

Also accepted are thermostats, lighting ballasts, computers, televisions, cell phones and household appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, hot water heaters and dishwashers.

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