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Recycling 101


Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Do you have some hazardous waste hiding somewhere in your house? Almost every home in Fillmore County does. Well, here is your chance to dispose of most of it, free of charge. The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center in Preston will be accepting your Household Hazardous Waste on Tuesday, May 4th, from NOON until 5:00 p.m. You may want to stop reading at this point and mark this on your calendar while it is fresh in your mind. Then, you can come back and finish reading this article. We will begin accepting donations of Hazardous Household Waste at twelve-noon.

Over the years, unwanted paint has been the main item collected during Hazardous Household Waste events. Partially used cans of paint are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. Latex and oil base paint are both accepted along with paint thinners, wood preservatives, adhesives, epoxy, glue, stains, and varnishes. If you have paint cans that are empty and dried up, they can be landfilled with your garbage. There is no need to bring them to us. Paint cans that are rusted and leaking should be placed into another container or a plastic bag.

Aerosol cans, oven cleaners, antifreeze, lawn care products, bug killers, weed killers, all forms of rodent poison, motor oil, outdated fuel (gasoline and diesel), adhesives, and tar are all household hazardous wastes that you don't want stored in your garage or basement, or dumped in a hole in a remote site on your property. There are still some mercury thermometers floating around out there. Bring them on May 4th and we will gladly take them. This is also a good time to get rid of those hearing aid batteries, watch batteries, and all rechargeable batteries that no longer work. 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 this stuff out of their house. That is why we call these materials hazardous.

There will be the usual charge for tube lights, CFLs, ballast, tires, appliances, and e-waste, but this may be a good day to get rid of these things, as well.

Only HOUOSEHOLD waste will be accepted. Agricultural chemicals, explosives, medical waste, business waste, and radioactive waste will not be accepted.

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