Household hazardous waste day, Oct. 20

According to the state of Georgia Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, 84% of Georgia residents use at least one lawn and garden chemical, 38% have left over paint stored in their home or garage, 51% have old household cleaners, and 38% have automotive fluids from servicing their own vehicles. This event will help divert some of these hazardous wastes from entering our local landfill, being illegally dumped on the ground, or poured down the drain. All of which can contaminate community water.

Need an environmentally friendly way to dispose of old paint, pesticides, automotive fluids, and household chemicals?

On Saturday, October 20, 2007 the Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Recycling Division will hold a one-day only collection event for residential quantities of household hazardous waste. This event is free and open to Athens-Clarke County residents ONLY. ID WILL BE REQUIRED. Registration is not required.

Items accepted: deodorizers, cleaners, bleaches, aerosol cans, thermometers, spot removers, drain cleaners, thermostats, latex and oil paints, motor oil, anti-freeze, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, weed killers, paint thinner, fertilizers, batteries (auto, alkaline and rechargeable), gasoline, garden chemicals, pool chlorine, auto fluids, televisions and other electronics.

Items NOT accepted: no business waste, no medical waste, no tires, no radioactive material, no smoke detectors, no appliances, no explosives, no ammunition.

Household hazardous wastes collected will be recycled or properly disposed of by Clean Harbors Environmental.

For more information please call the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division at (706) 613-3512 or visit www.acc-recycle.org.

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