Residents urged to clean garages, utilize hazardous waste day event

Residents urged to clean garages, utilize hazardous waste day event

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Obion County June 1.
“Our household hazardous waste mobile collection service provides the people of Tennessee with a safe, environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other potentially hazardous wastes at no cost,” said Environment and Conservation Commis-sioner Bob Martineau.
“This service travels across the state holding collection events in local communities, and we encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize it.”
On June 1, residents may bring their household hazardous waste to the Obion County Recycling Center, located at 1003B Mount Zion Road in Union City, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Since the program’s inception in 1993, households have properly disposed of more than 20 million pounds of material. HHW material is considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage.
Locally in 2012, 65 households participated, bringing 2,079 pounds of material — 685 pounds of hazardous waste and 1,394 pounds of oil based paint, which had been pre-collected and brought on collection day.
Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent bulbs, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, oil paint and paint thinner. Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics, medical waste and any items from schools, churches, commercial businesses or agri-businesses. Latex paint can be dried and thrown away in the regular garbage. Alkaline batteries can also be thrown away in the garbage.
Many counties, including Obion County, and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, antifreeze and electronic scrap — or BOPAE as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Obion County Solid Waste Department director Mike Cary asks that these items not be brought on that Saturday and instead be brought on normal business days. He may be contacted at 885-8109 for more information.
When transporting materials to the site, residents should place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. It is important to keep materials away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original container whenever possible, placed in a plastic jug with a secure lid and labeled contents.
For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, call Cary or 1-800-287-9013 or visit www.tn.gov/environment/swm/hhw.

Published in The Messenger 5.24.13

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