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Household Hazardous Waste Day a big success

 

The Haywood County Solid Waste Department’s first Household Hazardous Waste Day, held Saturday, March 13, attracted more than 600 vehicles, all loaded with old paint, pesticides and other dangerous chemicals.

 

“We got about twice as many vehicles as we expected, so the response was tremendous,” said Stephen King, Haywood County Solid Waste director. “I want to thank folks for their patience, because we had long lines from the time we opened."

According to Denese Ballew, Environmental Programs Manager for the Solid Waste Department, the County collected and shipped out an estimated 40 tons of hazardous waste, 98 percent of which will be recycled. The remaining two percent will be incinerated. The waste collected included the following:

 

  • 32 cubic yard boxes of paint and paint related material such as paint thinner;
  • 8 pallets of latex paint;
  • 30 labpack 55 gallon drums that included aerosol cans, pesticides, herbicides, insecticide, flammables, oxidizers and reactives;
  • 1. 5 gallon labpack of mercury waste; and
  • 1. 5 gallon labpack of peroxides

“We need to give a special thanks to the Haywood County Sheriffs Office for doing the pharmaceutical collection,” Ballew said. “That was very popular and it’s a much safer and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unused prescription medications.”

 

Given the success of the event, King said he is hoping the County can schedule another Household Hazardous Waste Day sometime in the fall. For more information about disposing of hazardous waste, or questions about recycling, please contact the Haywood County Solid Waste Department at 828-627-8042.

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