As part of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, county government and a handful of partners will again host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 2 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center, which is located at Interstate 75 Exit 20, in McDonald.
The collection program is tailored to allow Bradley County homeowners the opportunity to safely, and responsibly, dispose of household toxic wastes. HHWCD was created, according to KAB, to provide an outlet for the proper disposal of toxic substances, many of which are extremely dangerous to the environment.
All Bradley County residents are eligible to use this free service.
However, certain guidelines apply.
“Residents who plan to participate in the program need to be aware of more stringent packaging requirements,” said Cheryl Dunson, vice president of marketing at Santek Waste Services, KAB board member and the HHWCD event coordinator. “We’re asking residents to place greater emphasis and care on how they package their wastes for transportation. During last year’s spring event, we had several incidents in which wastes were haphazardly thrown into the trunks of vehicles or garbage cans. This created extra work for our volunteers, and made for some unsafe and dangerous conditions for everyone involved in unloading the wastes and preparing them for disposal.”
Wastes must be properly labeled and packaged in cardboard boxes or plastic containers. Empty paint cans will not be accepted since they can be disposed of in regular household waste. Lead-acid batteries and oil should be taken to the Bradley County Landfill, which accepts those waste streams throughout the year.
“Our goal is to provide a safe working environment for not only residents who take advantage of the event, but for our volunteers and contractor,” Dunson said.
Items that can be accepted include:
- Automotive and marine products, such as oil and fuel additives, grease and rust solvents, naval jelly, carburetor and fuel injector cleaners, starter fluids, body putty, antifreeze/coolant, and gasoline;
- Home maintenance and improvement products, such as oil-based paint, used strippers and thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar, wallpaper remover, and stains and varnishes;
- Home lawn and garden products, such as pesticides, fertilizers, and wood preservatives;
- Electronics, such as CPU’s, TV’s (console TV’s must be dismantled), monitors, printers, and keyboards;
- And miscellaneous items, such as pool chemicals, photo-processing chemicals, medicines/drugs, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, and fluorescent tubes.
Items that cannot be accepted include:
- Medical/biological products, such as needles and sharps, infectious wastes, dead animals, any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic, or veterinarian’s office;
- Explosives/ammunition products, such as fireworks, military ordinance, gunpowder, and ammunition;
- Radioactive products, such as smoke detectors or radium paint;
- Business/Institutional waste products, such as from any business — large or small, any college or university, any school, any hospital, any home improvement or painting contractor, or any agribusiness;
- And miscellaneous items, such as empty containers of any kind, automotive gas tanks, laboratory chemicals and cooking oil.
Empty paint cans and solidified paint are not hazardous and can be disposed of in the household garbage.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the year-round electronics waste recycling efforts at the Peerless Road Recycling Center.
Used oils, anti-freeze and lead batteries are currently recycled free of charge at the Bradley Landfill year-round.
At a similar event last year, 792 area households participated, resulting in a total of 45 junk cars removed or recycled, 16,540 pounds of plastic bottles recycled, 1,192 pounds of aluminum recycled, 228,500 pounds of newsprint or mixed paper, 13,038 tires, 1,897 pounds of batteries recycled, 2,790 pounds of cardboard, 29,720 pounds of glass, 2,273 pounds of electronics, 2,925 gallons of waste oil, and 14,941 appliances.
Sponsors include Bradley County, KAB, Santek Waste Services Inc., Cleveland Utilities and the Tri-State Exhibition Center.
Joanne Maskew, KAB executive director, acknowledged the $50,000 Bradley County has given to fund this cleanup each time it has been held.
“We couldn’t do it without all their help,” Maskew said.
The next KAB meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. Meetings are open to the public.
For additional information, contact Maskew at the local KAB office at 474 2nd St., S.E., at 559-3307 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, call Dunson, vice president of marketing at Santek Waste Services, at 303-7101.