Residents who have accumulated unwanted hazardous materials around their homes can take advantage of Tennessee’s free Household Hazardous Waste Collection to be held Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Three Star Mall.
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 -- not included with regular garbage. The state will have a household hazardous waste mobile collection site set up in the mall parking lot which will allow local homeowners to safely dispose of these items.
The event is being sponsored by Warren County government and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
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 taken.
Automotive products can include oil and fuel 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.
It should be noted the Fairground Convenience Center will be open Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. so any materials not acceptable at the mall can be dropped off there. Items that can be disposed of at the Fairground Convenience Center year round include paint, batteries, oil, oil filters and electronics.
Conditionally Exempt Small Generator Waste from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, nurseries, farms and churches may be accepted for a fee by appointment only. Call 615-643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment.
Whenever possible the hazardous waste should be kept in the original container. If not, transfer the waste into a plastic jug with a secure lid and label the contents.
For more information, contact Dennis Baird at 473-2381 ext. 1007 or visit the webpage at www.warrencountytn.gov and click on County News.