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Archive for Friday, April 16, 1999

WASTE COLLECTION SET TO BEGIN

April 16, 1999

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Need to trash those old 9-volt batteries and half-full cans of D-Con Four Gone and Rave hairspray? Check out Saturday's household hazardous waste collection event.

Break out the old antifreeze, used batteries and furniture strippers -- the Lawrence-Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is open again.

Officials will join volunteers from the Jayhawk Audubon Society on Saturday at the facility to accept household hazardous wastes dropped off by Douglas County residents.

The collection event is set for 8 a.m. to noon at the facility, which is located inside the Douglas County Public Works Yard at 711 E. 23rd.

Officials operate the facility to safely dispose of harmful substances whose improper disposal could contaminate the environment through air, soil and water. Many household hazardous wastes are not biodegradable.

"The days are gone when we thought we could just pour it down the sink or down the storm drains or onto our soils, because they really do play a large part in non-point pollution," said Mollie Mangerich, operations supervisor for the city's Waste Reduction and Recycling Division.

During a drop-off collection event, volunteers direct vehicles to an unloading site, where they will record tracking information, unload each vehicle and set aside materials either for beneficial reuse or packing in drums for shipment to a certified incineration site.

People dropping off wastes typically are on site for a few minutes and never have to get out of the cars.

Among the materials accepted at the site:

  • Pest control products, including pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, arsenicals, botanicals, carbonates, chlorinated hydrocarbons, organic phosphates and roach, ant, rat and mice killers.
  • Household cleaning products, including oven cleaners, toilet cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, rug cleaners, floor cleaners, abrasive cleaners and powders, photographic chemicals, ammonia-based cleaners, furniture polish, bleach cleaners, mothballs and pool chemicals.
  • Paints and hobby supplies, including enamel, oil-based and rust-inhibiting paints, furniture strippers, wood preservatives, stains, finishes, thinners and turpentine.
  • Automotive products, including antifreeze, transmission fluids and brake fluids.
  • Miscellaneous products, including household batteries, nail polishes and removers, and hair and deodorant aerosol sprays.

Among the products not accepted at the facility: explosives, fluorescent light tubes, infectious medical wastes, smoke alarms and other radioactive wastes, ammunition, asbestos, compressed gas cylinders or any materials without labels.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.



HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF DATES

The Lawrence-Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 711 E. 23rd, accepts wastes from 8 a.m. to noon each third Saturday of the month through October.

Here are this year's drop-off dates: April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.

Local residents unable to attend can schedule a drop-off appointment by calling 832-3030.

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