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Here's your yearly chance to get rid of that hazardous waste

J. H. Osborne • Apr 24, 2018 at 10:30 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, April 28, residents can drop off items at Sullivan Central High School, located off Highway 126 at Interstate 81’s Exit 66.

On Saturday, May 19, residents will again have the opportunity to drop off such items at the Carter County Recycling Center, 411 Cherokee Park Drive, Elizabethton.

Sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of their location’s event.

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

Paint is not accepted at this event. Other items not accepted include tires and electronics (such as computers and televisions).

All those items can be dropped off by county residents year-round most weekdays at two transfer stations operated by Sullivan County.

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, Sullivan County event coordinator Susan Arnold Ramsey said.

No medical waste, ammunition, explosives or radioactive materials will be accepted.

Items that can be dropped off include, but are not limited to: automotive and marine products; home maintenance and improvement products; home, lawn and garden chemical products; photo processing chemicals; 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 throughout the day, but rarely much — if any — wait time, Ramsey said.

Participants are urged to put safety first when transporting materials to the site. Use sturdy boxes, wrap different materials in newspaper to prevent spills or cross-contamination, haul the items in the back of a truck or trunk of a car, and keep them away from children and pets.

Sullivan County residents may also drop off certain hazardous waste items year-round at the county’s two transfer stations. Paint, batteries, oil, antifreeze, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, and e-waste are now being accepted year-round at these locations:

— Kingsport Transfer Station, 1921 Brookside Lane.

— Bristol Transfer Station, 804 Raytheon Road.

For more information or for questions about what can be dropped off at the events, call: (423) 279-2879 for Sullivan County or (423) 297-4149 for Carter County.

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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