HHWCD hoping for huge response
by RICK NORTON Associate Editor
Mar 21, 2014 | 604 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Rain, shine or whatever’s in between, a slew of volunteers will be on-site Saturday at the Tri-State Exhibition Center for the year’s first Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

The event will accept household refuse from Cleveland and Bradley County residents from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to Cheryl Dunson, executive vice president of marketing for Santek Waste Services.

Dunson coordinates the community cleaning blitz in partnership with the Bradley County mayor’s office, Cleveland/Bradley County Keep America Beautiful and Tri-State.

Santek, which is the contractor operating the Bradley County Landfill, is also working in conjunction with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office which supplies inmate labor, and with Cleveland Utilities which traditionally assists with event promotions through its monthly billing statements.

In offering some last-minute reminders to area residents planning to participate in HHWCD, Dunson said event organizers are hoping to repeat the successes of last October’s event.

“Thanks to a majority of conscientious residents who took the time to properly package and label their waste streams, our HHWCD event last fall was the most organized and orderly,” she stressed. “I’m hoping we can repeat those efforts Saturday.”

Dunson pointed to two key reminders about the collection that revolve around dry, empty paint cans and discarded microwaves. Neither is considered a hazardous material and should not be brought to the HHWCD event.

“If I could impart one last-minute suggestion, it would be to throw empty paint cans in the trash and to take microwaves to the white goods area at the landfill,” Dunson stressed. “Both items are not hazardous and only result in the addition of unnecessary event costs.”

Traditionally, HHWCD expenses hit about $50,000; at least, this is the amount that is made available by Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis using host fees paid to the county by Santek.

Over the past couple of years, event organizers have stressed the need to properly package and label household refuse being brought to the HHWCD site. Following these protocols will better assure worker safety and will keep the traffic flow moving better in and out of the Tri-State location.

“By securing waste streams in sturdy cardboard boxes, residents will ensure the safety of the volunteers and workers who package the materials for disposal or re-use,” Dunson said. “If waste streams are properly labeled and packaged, it also makes it easier for the volunteers who unload residents’ vehicles.”

Other HHWCD tips include:

- No commercial or agribusiness waste will be accepted.

- Residents delivering waste oils to the event will be directed to the neighboring Bradley County Landfill which accepts waste oils free of charge throughout the year.

- Residents delivering microwaves and tires also will be directed to the landfill. Neither is considered hazardous waste, Dunson said.

- Arrive early and be patient. Volunteers will be working as rapidly as possible to keep traffic moving while also maintaining safety as a priority.

- Examples of materials accepted include paints, solvents, cleaners, pesticides, automotive fluids, aerosols, old computers, TVs and fluorescent light bulbs.

- If in doubt about materials that can, or cannot, be accepted, or for any other questions about the community-service project, contact Dunson at 303-7107 or Joanne Maskew, executive director of Cleveland/Bradley KAB, at 559-3307.

“... We’re looking for a good response from the public,” Dunson said. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the weather cooperates, but despite the conditions we’ll be there in full force to unload vehicles and package wastes for disposal.”