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Residents can drop off hazardous and toxic materials at Towe String site

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By Dwane Wilder

CAMPBELL COUNTY—Got some old cans of house paint taking up space in your garage? Or how about a stack of burned out fluorescent tubes that might be cluttering up a broom closet?

From 8 a.m. until noon this Saturday, you can bring toxic trash to the Campbell County Convenience Center on Towe String Road, where it can be properly disposed of during a household hazardous waste event.

According to a press release from Walt Sutton, assistant director of Environmental Services for Campbell County, the average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year.

“We’re going to try and get anything hazardous that anyone might have around their household,” said Sutton. “We would like to have had it earlier in the year, but this is the earliest we could have it.”

Sutton said he is planning another household hazardous waste event for the spring of 2015.

When transporting materials to the convenience center, Sutton said they should be placed in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spillage and cross-contamination. Whenever possible, materials should be kept in their original container. Keep all hazardous materials away from children and pets. 

APPROVED ITEMS

•Automobile and marine products

•Oil and fuel additives

•Grease and rust solvents

•Carburetor and fuel injector cleaners

•Starter fluid

•Body putty

•Antifreeze

•Gasoline

Home maintenance/improvement products

•Used strippers and thinners

•Adhesives

•Driveway sealant

•Roofing tar

•Wallpaper remover

Home lawn and garden products

•Pesticides

•Fertilizers

•Wood preservatives

Miscellaneous

•Pool chemicals

•Photo processing chemicals

•Medicines/drugs

•Aerosols/compressed gas