“If it’s in your household, and it’s hazardous, bring it on, “ said Scott Tussey, Madison County’s solid-waste coordinator.
The county’s annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is scheduled Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Madison County Road Department-South, 208 Clarksville Lane, in the former Tri-State Garage. The location is just south of the US 25/421 junction.
More than 7,000 pounds of hazardous materials were collected last year, Tussey said.
Items being collected include: Automotive products, fertilizers, pesticides, oil-based paints, solvents/cleaners, items containing mercury, electronics and batteries.
However, certain items will not be accepted for disposal, including: latex paints, tires, ammunition/explosives, radioactive materials and foam insulation systems.
Latex paint hardening crystals are no longer available, Tussey said, but latex paint is non-hazardous and can be disposed of in normal trash as long as it is hardened. Cat litter can be used to harden latex paint, he said.
Each person in the U.S. produces an average of four pounds of household hazardous waste each year, totaling about 530,000 tons, according to information from the Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov. The average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste per year, the website states.
“The trash haulers do not want these items intermingled in with the regular trash stream because it is a hazard to transport and for them to go in our conventional landfills,” Tussey said.
Funding for the event is provided by county, a grant from the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Division of Waste Management's Kentucky PRIDE fund.
Call 624-4709 for more details about this weekend's event.
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Berea utility doubles solar farm, again
Berea Municipal Utilities started its solar farm in October 2011 with 60 panels. In less that five days, all were leased.
Another 60, which became operational in June 2012, were leased in less than four months.
Now, the farm again has doubled, with the addition of 126 panels that are ready for leasing, said Steve Boyce, a retired Berea College professor who has been involved with the program since its inception.
My fair ladies
10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday
Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.
RPD: Heroin sales lead to trafficking indictment
Executing a warrant issued after Samantha Frederick, 29, Northgate Drive, was indicted July 16 by a Madison County grand jury, Richmond Police arrested her Monday on drug trafficking charges.
YMCA, county district to provide after-school care
The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.
Memories bloom in May’s garden
After realizing a story was being written about 96-year-old Lucille May, tenants of Willis Manor gathered in the lobby to share stories about her.
Affectionately called “Mamaw” by other residents and workers at the apartment building, May has spent the four years of her residence transforming an outdoor garden that was overtaken by weeds. It’s now a thriving flowerbed, complete with interesting rocks, decorations and conversation.
Water Street storm-water digging begins
Caisson holes were drilled and then filled with concrete and steel poles Monday to create a retaining structure to shore up the Allstate Insurance building foundations' firm when excavation for the Water Street Stormwater Improvement Project begins.
Digging for 20 ton, 6 by 7 foot concrete box culverts will begin today, if weather permits, said Jason Hart, Richmond’s director of Planning and Zoning. The culverts will help reduce the likelihood of flooding on Water Street by carrying storm water under Main Street, the CVS parking lot and Irvine Street to a stream, he said.
RPD: Bottle bomb injures man, damages neighbor’s home
Richmond Police on Friday charged Robert Abney, 30, of Moberly Avenue, in connection with a May 30 explosion that injured Abney and damaged a neighbor’s home.
Officers were dispatched May 30 to a residence in the 500 block of Moberly Avenue to investigate the report of an explosion.
They found the remains of a plastic bottle bomb near a residence adjoining Moberly’s, according to an RPD news release. A wall of the occupied home was smoldering and grass was burned in the area, it added.
Two led police on I-75 chase from Berea
Berea Police found a man passed out and intoxicated inside his crashed vehicle on Interstate 75 Wednesday, according to a police report.
Steven Coffey, 34, of Berea, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet when officers arrived at the vehicle, the police report stated. They determined he was under the influence of drugs, the report stated.
A race to the finish line
Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.
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