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Hazardous waste disposal set for Sept. 17
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Flammable, toxic, corrosive, and reactive products will be gladly accepted at this year’s hazardous waste drop off day. 

Warren County Sanitation Department is hosting a hazardous waste drop off day on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1186 Belmont Dr. 

This is an opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted hazardous household waste for free.

“We really push for this every year. It is very important and we hope for a large turnout,” said Sanitation Department Director Josh Roberts. 

Roberts says they applied for a grant with TDEC in order to make this day possible. Throughout the year he receives calls questioning how to dispose of these products and he said this is a great time for Warren County residents as well as people from surrounding counties to dispose of their hazardous household waste for free. 

Hazardous household waste is any unwanted household product that can easily catch fire, eat away at or irritate living tissue, react violently with water or other chemicals, or be poisonous to humans and animals. According to the Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation (TDEC) the average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year. 

Some items that may be disposed of on this day include: cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, swimming pool chemicals, automotive fluids, paint thinner, adhesives, fingernail polish remover, fluorescent light bulbs, lead, needles/sharps (in a container), aerosols, and medicines and drugs. 

When transporting the materials to the drop off site remember to be cautious. TDEC recommends placing containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination. Remember to keep these materials away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original container if possible, but if not, the waste can be placed in a plastic jug with a secure lid and the contents labled. 

Items not accepted include: infectious wastes, explosives, gun powder, ammunition, smoke detectors, radium paint, empty containers of any kind, or any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic, or veterinarian’s office. Batteries, oil, paint and tires are accepted at 1186 Belmont Dr. on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Roberts says if someone is unsure if an item qualifies to bring it anyways and they will find out how it should be properly disposed of.  Any household may take this opportunity to dispose of the hazardous waste. This drop off is not open to businesses. 

“We have to protect our environment. We are here to help so please come out and dispose of your hazardous household waste,” said Roberts. 

If you have any questions or need more information call (931) 743-6874.