How to get rid of hazardous waste


By Pam Reinig

Register Editor


Clearing out your basement, garage, barn or shed of hazardous materials? The Clayton County Supervisors would like to help. They’ve scheduled their third annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Saturday, May 31. 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. To launch the first event, he penned a grant that covered about two-thirds of the $5,000 cost. The balance was paid with county funds. Last year, Bowden was able to secure about $3,200 in grants; the county covered the $1,900 balance. Bowden has submitted grants for the upcoming effort, as well. 

About 50 appointments were schedule last year. Based on inquiries, Bowden expects that number to increase.

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. 

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. A maximum of 60 pounds of waste will be accepted at each appointment. 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. In addition, latex paint will not be accepted. There are other ways to dispose of unused latex paint, said Bowden. For example, small amounts can be painted on cardboard or newspaper. The newspaper/cardboard can be tossed in the garbage when dry.  Larger amounts can be mixed with equal parts kitty litter and then discarded when dry, which takes about an hour.

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. Information on the drop-off site will be provided at the time the appointment is made. The deadline for making an appointment is Friday, May 30.

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