Collection date set for hazardous waste
Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 9:01 pm
By: Donna Ryder, Associate Editor
By DONNA RYDER
When prescription medication is out-of-date or when the over-the-counter pills have been sitting on the shelf for way too long, the acceptable way to get rid of them use to be to flush them down the toilet. But not any more.
With reports that traces of the medications can remain in the water and possibly be in America’s drinking water, it is now suggested that medications be disposed of in a more environmentally acceptable way.
So just how and where can Obion Countians dispose of their old medications? The answer is this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day being staged by the Obion County Recycle Center, located at 1003B Mount Zion Road, Union City.
In addition to medications, residents can also dispose of:
• Automotive/marine products — oil/fuel additives, grease/rust solvents, naval jelly, carburetor/fuel injector cleaners, starter fluids, body putty, antifreeze/coolant and gasoline;
• Home maintenance/improvement products — oil-based paint, used strippers/thinner, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar, wallpaper remover and stains/varnishes;
• Miscellaneous — pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs.
The collection site will not accept:
• Medical/biological — needles/sharps, infectious wastes, dead animals and any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic or veterinarian’s office;
• Explosives/ammunition — fireworks, military ordnance, gun powder and ammunition;
• Radioactives — smoke detectors and radium paint;
• Business/institutional waste — waste from no businesses, large or small; no colleges or universities; no schools; no hospitals; no home improvement or painting contractors and no agribusiness.
• Miscellaneous — empty containers of any kind; automotive gas tanks, laboratory chemicals and cooking oil.
Waste must be kept in its original container and should not be mixed with other chemicals.
Small amounts of latex paint can be dried until solid and thrown away in regular garbage. Alkaline batteries can also be thrown away in regular garbage.
Collection Day is sponsored by Obion County and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Residents are encouraged to bring only items for the Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday.
The recycle center is open daily Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to accept recyclable items. The center accepts:
• Cardboard/paper — corrugated, paper board, office paper, school paper, food boxes, magazines, junk mail, phone books, old books, newspaper, shredded papers, miscellaneous paper (separate as cardboard products and boxes, mixed paper with junk mail, primary white paper, documents to be shredded and newspaper);
• Plastics — Code 1 PETE: soft drinks, juice and water bottles, some cleaners and detergent bottles, some cooking oil and peanut butter jars; and Code 2 HDPE: milk jugs, bleach bottles, detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, plastic grocery bags, household cleaners and some butter tubs (items should be rinsed and divided by code);
• Aluminum cans — rinsed out;
• Used motor oil — for do-it-yourselfers, up to five gallons per visit;
• Used car/truck oil filters — don’t just throw them in the trash, they still contain a significant amount of oil;
• Waste tires — passenger, LT, lawn, motorcycle, ATV, bicycle and tubes. Up to eight passengers/LT tire will be free per household per year, otherwise a small fee per tire required after that.
• Used electronics — computers, monitors, peripherals (keyboards, mouse) printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, microwaves, telephones, cell phones, pagers, video game consoles, PDAs, radios, stereos, VCR and DVD players and televisions.
The center cannot recycle cellophane/plastic wrap, wax paper or styrofoam. It can only accept hazardous waste materials on the special collection day each year.
The center also can recycle up to 50 pounds of paper per household per visit at no charge. Large loads from small businesses/industries can also be shredded. A small donation from businesses is welcome, but not required. Gator clips and paper clips must be removed prior to shredding.
For more information, call director Mike Cary at 885-8109.
Published in The Messenger 5.10.10