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Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection Service in Madison, Warren and Washington Counties on Saturday, September 29

Thursday, September 20, 2007 | 07:00pm

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste (HHW) collection service will be in Madison, Warren and Washington Counties on Saturday, September 29, 2007.

“Our household hazardous waste mobile collection service provides the people of Tennessee with a safe, environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals and other potentially hazardous wastes at no cost,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke. “This service travels across the state holding collection events in local communities, and we encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of the opportunity to utilize it.”

On Saturday, September 29, any Tennessee resident may bring their household hazardous waste to the following locations. (Note that times vary; hours listed indicate the local time for each event.)

Madison County – Jackson Fairgrounds Park from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The local contact for this HHW collection event is Shane Lee at (731) 423-3020.

Warren County – Three Star Mall Parking Lot in McMinnville from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The local contact for this HHW collection event is Mary Lou Ward at (931) 473-2381.

Washington County – Freedom Hall Parking Lot I in Johnson City from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The local contact for this HHW collection event is Charles Baines at (423) 753-1652.

The average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, swimming pool chemicals, paints and thinners and automotive fluids. Also accepted are fluorescent bulbs and electronics such as televisions, computer monitors, keyboards, computer mouse devices and computer processing units. Console televisions must be dismantled.

Items no longer accepted are alkaline and rechargeable batteries. Alkaline batteries sold after May 13, 1996 have no mercury added and may be discarded in the regular trash. Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-Ion), and small sealed lead-acid (Pb) batteries may be recycled through the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). You may find a drop off location near you by entering your zip code at http://www.rbrc.org/call2recycle/dropoff/. Additionally, items not accepted include microwave ovens, ammunition, explosives, medical waste and any items from a school, commercial business or agri-business.

When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck, away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original container whenever possible. If not, place it in a plastic jug with a secure lid and label the contents.

In 2006, more than 1.7 million pounds of household hazardous waste and 324,000 pounds of electronics were collected from 24,938 households at collection events across the state. Since 1993, households have properly disposed of more than 16.7 million pounds of material. This material is flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed in with regular garbage.

For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, please call
1-800-287-9013 or visit www.tdec.net/swm/hhw.

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