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Two counties collecting household hazardous waste

GREGG POWERS • May 9, 2007 at 1:33 AM

Household hazardous waste will be collected in Washington and Johnson counties on Saturday.

According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year.

Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, swimming pool chemicals, paints and thinners and automobile fluids. Fluorescent bulbs and electronics like televisions, computer monitors, keyboards, computer mouse devices and computer processing units will be accepted for disposal.

Items that will not be accepted include microwave ovens, ammunition, explosives, medical waste and any items from a school, commercial business or agri-business.

The TDEC mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in the parking lot of Johnson City's Freedom Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call Charles Baines at 753-1652 or Heather Clever at 461-8000 for more information.

In Mountain City, household hazardous waste will be collected at the Solid Waste Transfer Station on Highway 67 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call Clifton Dunn at 727-7929 to find out more.

When transporting items to the collection site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross contamination. Materials should be kept in the original container if possible. If not, put it in a plastic jug with a secure lid and label the contents.To help with traffic and save time, participants are asked to bring items from neighbors and friends to shorten lines and speed up the process.Last year, more than 1.7 million pounds of household hazardous waste and 324,000 pounds of electronics were collected from 24,938 households at collection events across the state.For more information about the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, call (800) 287-9013 or visit www.tdec.net/swm/hhw.

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