Hazardous waste collection set for Saturday in Sullivan

J. H. Osborne • Apr 27, 2007 at 12:09 PM

BLOUNTVILLE - Bring a friend - or at least bring their household hazardous waste.

Northeast Tennessee residents have the opportunity Saturday to get rid of their household hazardous waste - think cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and automotive oil - at a free collection event at Sullivan Central High School.

In the past, the twice-yearly drop-off has proved very popular.

"We usually have about 1,000 households participate," said Mary Lee with Keep Kingsport Beautiful.

"One of the things we want to push this year is for people to carpool and come together or to kind of pool their stuff," said Roy Settle, project coordinator. "The line can get really long, and people don't really enjoy that."

The event is one of several throughout the region sponsored by the state, county governments, and the Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council each year.

Settle said Sullivan County collection events are always the most attended.

Items such as cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries, swimming pool chemicals, non-water-based paints and thinners, and automotive fluids can be dropped off for free disposal.

Something else new this time around: a sort of "express" line for those dropping off only automotive fluids and batteries - those items will be collected separately and sent for recycling by the county, Settle said.

On Saturday, any Tennessee resident may bring their household hazardous waste to the high school's parking lot - located off Highway 126 at Interstate 81's Exit 66 - from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

In the past year, several new types of items have been added to the list of accepted waste:

•Computer related items - This includes CRTs (cathode ray tubes) or computer monitors, CPUs or computers and all computer peripherals of an electronic nature.

•Television sets - This includes picture tube and electronic circuitry. If a unit is an older, large entertainment center, please remove TV components from cabinet before bringing. Cabinets will not be accepted.

•Fluorescent tube lights - up to 8 feet in length.

No medical wastes, explosives or commercial- or business-generated are accepted.

For a complete listing of items accepted or more information visit www.appalachianrcd.org.

On May 12 collections will be held at:

•Johnson County Transfer Station, Highway 67, Mountain City.

•Science Hill High School, vocational parking area, Liberty Bell Boulevard, Johnson City.

Settle said event sponsors urge all who participate 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 away from children and pets.

Settle said one thing people don't need to bring for disposal is latex paint - which can be dried and disposed of in local landfills.

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