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Household Hazardous Waste collection event set for Saturday, April 20

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

Metro Moore County will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event on Saturday, April 20 at the Moore County Recycling Center on Booneville Hwy.

The collection program will be from 8 a.m. until noon.

“Over the next few years, the goal of the HHW Program is to increase the public’s awareness of local BOPAE Programs and change their association of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronics with HHW collection events,” said HHW coordinator Paula Mitchell in a letter to Metro Moore County Mayor Sloan Stewart.

The contractor at the April 20 HHW Collection Event will not accept paint and electronics during the event. Instead the contractor will be available before or following the mobile event to pick up any oil-based paint collected by the county.

Batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronics — collectively called BOPAE — comprise about 85 percent of the waste brought into the Household Hazardous Waste Events. When handled correctly, these materials are only slightly hazardous and local management can reduce state household hazardous waste costs by 40 percent.

Tennessee began promoting BOPAE collection events in 2007 to supplement the existing Household Hazardous Waste Program by providing additional free disposal options for residents at minimal cost to the State. The money saved by excluding BOPAE materials from the HHW Program can be used to collect the more hazardous materials across the state, potentially funding additional HHW Events.

Unlike the mobile HHW collection program where the state has the leading role, most of the responsibilities (and costs) at BOPAE events are placed on the county or city. The state’s role at BOPAE events is primarily to provide guidance and to pay for the disposal of the oil-based paint, reactive batteries and other materials pre-approved by the state.

Household Hazardous Waste is any unwanted or spent household product that can catch fire easily (flammable), eat away at or irritate living tissue (corrosive), react violently with water or other chemicals (reactive), or is poisonous to humans and animals (toxic). Usable household products may exhibit hazardous properties but until they become a waste they are not appropriate for the mobile household hazardous waste program.

When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. Be sure to keep materials away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original container whenever possible. If not, place the waste in a plastic jug with a secure lid and label its contents.

Any Tennessee citizen can participate in the Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Service, but only households may use the service to dispose of hazardous wastes. No commercial, institutional, or agri-business waste will be accepted.