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Here's a chance to dispose of hazardous household waste safely

J. H. Osborne • Oct 2, 2019 at 9:45 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — If you are a Tennessee resident and your garage or cabinets contain cleaning products, pesticides, or certain other hazardous items you no longer need, you have an opportunity to get rid of them safely.

On Saturday, residents can drop off such materials at Sullivan Central High School, located off Highway 126 at Interstate 81’s Exit 66.

The collection event is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Any state resident may bring household hazardous waste to any of the events, regardless of which county they live in.

Since the program’s inception in 1993, 350,000 Tennessee households have properly disposed of more than 22 million pounds of material.

Household hazardous waste materials are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner and used needles in sturdy containers.

Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, tires, medical or biological waste, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed of in normal trash.

The free aspect of the event is limited to residential waste.

Businesses must make prior arrangements for payment and schedule a time for drop-off or possible pickup by calling (615) 643-3170.

Items that can be dropped off include: automotive and marine products; home maintenance and improvement products; home and lawn and garden chemical products; photo processing chemicals; medicines; aerosols; compressed gas; mercury thermometers; and fluorescent light bulbs.

Sullivan County collection events are always well-attended. Prior drop-off events at the site have been very popular, with hundreds of households typically participating.

In recent years, that has meant a steady stream of people dropping off items throughout the day, but rarely much — if any — wait time.

The Regional Hazardous Household Waste Collection events are organized and sponsored by First Tennessee Development District; Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; and the Sullivan County and Carter County solid waste departments.

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