What: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Midtown Shopping Center, North Lamar, Oxford.
What to bring: Aerosols, all-purpose cleaners, ammonia, antifreeze, brake fluid, batteries, barbecue lighter fluid, chlorine bleach, detergents, disinfectants, drain openers, furniture polish, fertilizers, gasoline, gas additives, glass cleaner, glues, herbicides, insecticides, mothballs, motor oil, oven cleaner, paints, paint thinner, photographic chemicals, pesticides, rodent poisons, silver polish, scouring powder, swimming pool chemicals, sealants, stains, toilet bowl cleaner, turpentine, transmission fluid, varnish and water sealant, appliances, air conditioners, compressors, equipment, freezers, old medical supplies such as syringes, needles and prescriptions drugs, and tires.
What not to bring: Biological, etiological or infectious materials, compressed gas cylinders, explosives, shock sensitive materials, radioactive materials or unknown materials.
Note: No commercial hazardous waste materials will be accepted. This service is offered free to all residents of Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties. For more information, call (601) 489-2415.
Source: Three Rivers Regional Solid Waste Management Authority.
HED: Oxford to host household hazardous waste cleanup day
By Jane Hill
OXFORD – If you’re in the mood to clean out the garage or that back storage room where paint cans and other miscellaneous materials have been piling up, Saturday is the day you can safely and legally dispose of those items.
The Three Rivers Regional Solid Waste Management Authority is sponsoring the second of two household hazardous waste cleanup days at the Midtown Shopping Center on North Lamar Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The cleanup day is open and free to all residents of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District counties.
Household hazardous waste is unused or leftover portions of products containing toxic materials.
Ronnie Bell, chairman of the authority, urged residents of the Three Rivers region to participate in the program by getting rid of substances that pose a danger to them and the environment.
In addition to having experts on hand to properly dispose of hazardous waste, the collection sites also will accept used batteries and worn-out appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and other appliances that cannot be disposed of in an ordinary sanitary landfill. Appliances that will be accepted include stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers and water heaters.
Tire recycling trailers also will be on site to help collect vehicle tires, which also are not accepted whole into sanitary landfills.
Each of the authority’s member counties is in the process of establishing permanent collection sites for used appliances and old tires.
Employees from the state Department of Environmental Quality and Laidlaw Environmental Inc. will set up the waste collection site, train volunteers and oversee the collection of the materials. Laidlaw will dispose of the hazardous materials at one of its privately owned hazardous waste facilities out of state.
Mid Brown of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District said it is very important to dispose of hazardous waste properly, and it is illegal to throw hazardous wastes in the trash or wash them down the drain.
Disposing of hazardous waste properly protects the land, water supply and wildlife from its toxic, potentially deadly effects.
Homes are made safer by cleaning out these common hazards that can be dangerous or even fatal if improperly handled. Residents also will protect solid waste workers and firefighters from carelessly handled toxic or flammable materials.
People bringing materials in for disposal are asked to bring the items in their original containers so they can be more easily identified. Other safety tips people are advised to follow are:
– Seal the containers so they will not leak.
– Make sure windows are down in the vehicle in which you are transporting the materials to ensure proper ventilation.
– If possible, carry the containers in the trunk or in the back of the vehicle away from passengers.
– If the container is leaking or damaged, wrap it securely in plastic such as a ZipLoc bag and/or newspaper and place the entire container in a larger container.
– In the case of medical supplies such as needles or syringes, dispose of them in hard plastic bottles such as a bleach bottle, not in soft plastic containers that might be easily punctured.
– Containers should not exceed five gallons in capacity.
– Do not transport more than five gallons or 50 pounds of hazardous waste at one time.