Supervisors set second clean-up day
By Pam Reinig, Register Editor
If your spring cleaning plans include clearing your basement, garage, barn or shed of hazardous materials, the Clayton County Supervisors would like to help. They’ve scheduled their second annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Saturday, June 8. Area residents will have an opportunity to make drop-off appointments for items on a lengthy list of materials; collection site details will be provided with the call.
This is a free service for Clayton County residents.
Supervisor Gary Bowden has been the driving force behind the event. Last year, he penned a grant that covered about two-thirds of the $5,000 cost. The balance was paid with county funds. Bowden has written two grants that he hopes will be awarded for this year’s event.
“We feel good about the number of people who participated last year,” Bowden said. “We had about 40 appointments. We hope to have even more this year. In the last few months, we’ve received numerous calls about another collection day so it’s on people’s minds.”
Bowden added that the supervisors would continue looking for ways to sponsor an annual collection day as long as there’s interest in having one.
“We feel strongly about this,” he added. “We need to get hazardous wastes out of wherever they’re being stored and get them properly disposed.”
A crew from the Floyd-Mitchell-Chickasaw Solid Waste Management Agency will be responsible for managing the drop-off day. Their landfill is the closest one that can accept hazardous materials. Clayton County residents who are unable to participate in the June 8 collection day can take their hazardous waste to the FMC landfill on June 22, July 13 or August 17.
Some of the items that will be accepted at the collection event or the landfill include: oil-based paints, stains and varnished, furniture polish, carpet cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, pesticides, mothballs, lighter fluid, transmission fluid, rubber cement and hobby supplies. There’s also a list of things not accepted like household garbage, electronics, computers, tires, ammunitions, explosives, controlled substances, medical wastes and motor oil. Some of these items are recycled locally.
Bowden stressed the importance of making an appointment for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
“We want an orderly process,” he said, “and we want to make sure we have the right size truck.”
Appointments can be made by calling, toll-free, 1-877-982-4288.