Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Oct. 19

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Article Published: Oct. 10, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 20, 2013

The Watauga County Sanitation Department will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to provide residents with a safe, convenient and environmentally responsible way to dispose of their hazardous waste. There also will be four locations to safely dispose of unused and outdated medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day.

Many items normally used around the house, such as paint, cleaners, motor oil and pesticides are considered hazardous waste and could pose a threat to one’s family’s health, as well as the environment.

The same is true for unused and outdated medications. To know whether a product is hazardous, read the label. If you see words like “danger,” “warning,” “caution” or “poison,” these materials are hazardous and cannot go into the regular trash, or washed down household drains or storm drains.
Hazardous waste collection will take place at the Watauga County Landfill, located at 336 Landfill Road.

Items to be collected also include paint, antifreeze, ethylene, gasoline, lighter fluid, solid and liquid pesticides, oxidizers, cleaners, used oil, lead-acid batteries and tube-like fluorescent bulbs, all of which are accepted during regular business hours at the Sanitation Department. Household batteries and CFLs are accepted at all convenience centers.

In order to ensure the safe collection of household hazardous waste materials, people should: remain in their vehicles during the entire collection; bring waste in its original containers whenever possible, ensuring that containers are closed tightly; collect household hazardous waste in disposable boxes or bins and transport in the trunk — not in the backseat with children or pets; and not smoke during the event, as most household hazardous wastes are flammable.

The Drug Take-Back will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Watauga County’s three Food Lion locations — U.S. 421 in Deep Gap, Blowing Rock Road in Boone and U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock — and the Foscoe Fire Department on N.C. 105. All prescription and over-the-counter medications and medical supplies will be accepted, with no questions asked.

For more information, contact Lisa Doty, Watauga County recycling coordinator, at (828) 265-4852 or (828) 264-5305.

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