Residents drop off hazardous waste for proper disposal

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

VERONA – Many took advantage of the annual Three Rivers Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Lee County Agri-Center on Saturday.
People dropped off for disposal things that would be harmful to the environment if dumped in landfills. Three Rivers encouraged people to drop off used motor oil, paint, old refrigerators, old microwaves, vehicle batteries, air conditioners and many other environmentally unsafe materials.
Former Lee County Administrator Ronnie Bell, who now works for Three Rivers, said people were helping the environment by utilizing the waste disposal day.
“All of these items are items that we don’t need in our landfills and ditches,” said Bell. “So we do this hazardous waste collection day once a year to give people a chance to let us dispose of all the things that would be harmful to the environment if they were just thrown away. It helps people to get some stuff cleaned up around the house and place of business, and it helps the environment.”
Bell said if an old car battery is thrown in a ditch, the acid could leak out and soak into the ground and contaminate the underground water supply.
“We have to take care of our environment,” said Bell. “We have to make sure that we are doing all we can do to assure that we live in a safe place.”
Michael Booker made the trip from Baldwyn to drop off some old paint he was storing in his garage at home.
“I paint houses for a living so I accumulate a good bit of paint during the course of a year,” said Booker. “Paint is not something that you can just throw in the trash because it can be toxic. So having somewhere to take it to so it can be properly disposed of helps me and the environment.”
The event was sponsored by the Department of Environmental Quality, Lee County, Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority and Planning Development District and waste connections.
Three Rivers was in Oxford last week for its hazardous waste collection day where Bell said there was a good turnout.

For more information on how to dispose of household hazardous waster, call (662) 489-2415.