400 families participate in Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

By BRIAN GRAVES
Posted 4/15/18

There are 400 households in Bradley County that are a little cleaner today than they were Friday afternoon.

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400 families participate in Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

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There are 400 households in Bradley County that are a little cleaner today than they were Friday afternoon.

That is because they took advantage of this year’s first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day event Saturday morning at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

The event is paid for by Bradley County government through host fees that are paid by Santek Waste Services, Inc. which operates the local landfill.

“We had a steady stream of people from the time we opened at 8 a.m.” said Cheryl Dunson, executive vice president of marketing for Santek, who coordinated the event. “There were probably 20 people in line when we opened up.”

Residents were able to discard items such as paints, solvents, cleaners, pesticides, automotive fluids, aerosols, old computers, TV sets and fluorescent light bulbs.

She said many of those taking advantage of the opportunity were there because of the document shredding which was offered.

“I feel like we have reached a whole new audience of people we normally would not have reached had it not been for the shredding,” Dunson said. “A great deal of credit goes to the Cleveland office of the Better Business Bureau for helping with that.”

Dunson thanked county government, Cleveland Utilities who placed 27,000 fliers in their bills, Keep America Beautiful for helping pay for the fliers, Cleveland Stormwater, the Bradley County Stormwater Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, BCSO Environmental Officer Tim Mason, BBB, Clean Harbors and Santek Waste Services.

Plans are already in the works to have a second hazardous waste event later in the fall.


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