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Recycling 101: Fillmore County gears up for spring Household Hazardous Waste Day


By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

This past January, I shared some information with you concerning Household Hazard Waste and mentioned there would be another article appearing a few weeks prior to the 2014 spring collection date. Here it is. As usual, Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day is scheduled for the first Tuesday in May, this year on the 6th. If you miss this one, the next one will be held on October 7, 2014.

Household Hazardous Waste Day is your opportunity to clear out that unwanted, unused, and most likely, not needed stuff that is lurking about in your basement, garage, storage area, or under one of your sinks. At one time, many of us thought that containers with the “skull and crossbones symbol”, or the word “poison,” or a drawing of “Mr. Yuk” on the labels were the only items that we had to handle carefully. Things have changed.

Some labels today warn us to “wear gloves”, “do not store near heat or open flame”, “use only in a well ventilated area”, “keep in original container”, or “do not mix with other products.” These substances are indeed hazardous one way or another, and if you have no need for them in the near future, it will benefit you greatly to get rid of them.... the sooner, the better.

Aerosol cans, oven cleaners, drain cleaners, antifreeze, lawn care products, bug killers, weed killers, all forms of rodent poison, motor oil, outdated fuel (gasoline and diesel) adhesives, paint, stain, paint thinner, and tar are just a few of the household hazardous wastes that you don’t want stored in your house or garage. Do not pour these down the drain, down the toilet, into a sewer system, or down a gopher hole on the back forty.

We want your hearing aid batteries, watch batteries, button batteries, NiCad batteries, and all rechargeable batteries. Please remember, if they are rechargeable, they are recyclable. We are still getting mercury thermometers at each of our HHW days. We want your mercury thermometers. Yes, we still have a few of those wonderful, brand new, never been used digital thermometers, and will gladly make a trade as long as our supply holds out.

We do not want empty paint cans, empty aerosol cans, and alkaline (regular) batteries. We cannot accept agricultural chemicals, explosives, medical waste, business waste, or radioactive waste. The only items we are allowed to collect are normal household products.

As always, if you have a neighbor or two who are unable to attend this event, check with them to see if they have any items that need disposing and bring those items along with yours. They need to get that “not so nice stuff” out of their house. That is why we call these materials hazardous.

There will be the usual charge for tube lights, CFLs, ballast, oil filters, tires, appliances, and e-waste, but this may be a good day to get rid of these things, as well. I am looking forward to seeing you on the 6th.

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