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Hazardous Waste Collection Day Oct. 8

Article Published: Sep. 15, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 8, 2011
Hazardous Waste Collection Day Oct. 8

The Watauga County Sanitation Department will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Watauga County Landfill, 336 Landfill Road, to provide residents a safe, convenient and environmentally responsible way to dispose of their household hazardous waste.

No commercial waste will be accepted.

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

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 can not go into the trash, washed down storm drains or household drains.

In order to ensure a safe collection of these materials on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day:

• Please stay in your vehicle during the entire collection. This is for your safety and is required by the county’s disposal contractor’s permit.
• Bring your waste in their original containers whenever possible. Make sure all containers are closed. It is dangerous to transport open containers.
• Do not mix different products.
• Collect your waste containers in disposable boxes or bins, which should be transported in the trunk of the car. Do not put household hazardous waste in the backseat of the car with children or pets.
• No smoking in your car; most household hazardous waste materials are flammable.

Examples of materials that can be disposed of during the collection day are:

• Paint (If there is only a small amount of paint left in can, open container and let dry or add kitty litter or oil dry. Once dry, this can be disposed of in the garbage.)
• Household batteries
• NiCad batteries
• Lead acid batteries (car type)
• Antifreeze, ethylene
• Gasoline, lighter fluid
• Solid and liquid pesticides
• Oxidizers
• Used oils
• Household cleaners
• Fluorescent lights

HHWD is sponsored by the Watauga County Sanitation Department, the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, with special thanks to the Watauga County Maintenance Department and the rown of Boone for their support during collection.
Call (828) 265-4852 or (828) 264-5305 for more information about HHWD.

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