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Hazardous waste collection coming up Saturday
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Residents who have accumulated unwanted hazardous materials around their homes can take advantage of Tennessee’s free Household Hazardous Waste Collection to be held this coming Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Three Star Mall, 1410 Sparta Street.

The event is being sponsored by Warren County government and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

This year’s Hazardous Waste Collection is being held in conjunction with Warren County’s 14th annual Tarp the Truck event as part of the county’s Litter Grant program sponsored by TDOT. Both events will be held during the same hours and at the same location. The first 100 Warren County vehicles that bring some acceptable household hazardous waste will be provided a free 8x10 foot tarpaulin. According to event coordinator Dennis Baird, the tarp giveaway is part of an effort to reduce litter on Warren County roads.

Household hazardous waste is defined as corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive materials used in or around your home or garage that are no longer wanted or have become unusable. These types of materials should be properly disposed of and not included with regular garbage.

Some of the household items that will be accepted include cleaning fluids and disinfectants, drain openers, oven cleaners, paint thinner, paint strippers and removers, adhesives, unused medications, needles and sharps in puncture proof containers, mercury thermostats and thermometers, driveway sealants, roofing tar, wallpaper remover, photo processing chemicals, aerosols and compressed gas, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs.

Lawn and garden chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, and wood preservatives will be accepted. Automotive products can include fuel and oil additives, grease and rust solvents, naval jelly, carburetor and fuel injector cleaners, starter fluids, body putty, antifreeze/coolants and gasoline.

Items that will not be accepted include: medical or infectious waste, alkaline batteries, explosives, paint, electronics, ammunition, fireworks, military ordinance, gun powder, radioactive waste, including smoke detectors and radium paint, and any empty containers.

The fairground convenience center will be open Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that any materials not acceptable at the mall event can be dropped off there. Items that can be disposed of at the fairground convenience center year-round include paint, batteries, oil, and oil filters.

For more information on Warren County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Tarp the Truck, contact Dennis Baird at 473-2381 ext. 1007 or visit the webpage at www.warrencountytn.gov and click on County News.