BLOUNTVILLE — If you are a Tennessee resident and your garage or cabinets contain cleaning products, pesticides, out-of-date medicines or other hazardous items you no longer need, you have an opportunity this weekend to safely get rid of them.
On Saturday, Northeast Tennessee residents have what has become a yearly opportunity to get rid of household hazardous waste at a free collection event at Sullivan Central High School.
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 1 p.m.
Latex paint is not accepted at this event. Other items not accepted include tires, propane tanks, 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 event is limited to residential waste.
No medical waste, ammunition or explosives, or commercial- or business-generated items are 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; 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 proved very popular, with about 1,000 households typically participating.
Carpooling is encouraged to shorten the vehicle wait time.
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 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 and e-waste are now being accepted year round at these locations:
• Kingsport Transfer Station, 1921 Brookside Lane, Kingsport — Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. until noon) and the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.
• Bristol Transfer Station, 804 Raytheon Road, Bristol — Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m to noon.
Residents are allowed to bring up to five tires per visit to either transfer station — with a yearly limit of 15 tires. There is a fee for tires: $2 each, off the rim; $5 each, on the rim; and 16-inch and 22.5-inch sizes are $8 each.
For more information or for questions about what can be dropped off at Saturday’s event contact Marvin “Buck” Johnson at 383-7997.