The Richmond Register

September 30, 2013

Annual household hazardous waste collection scheduled Saturday


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND —

“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.