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Final Hazardous Waste Day set for Saturday

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The second and final Household Hazardous Waste Day of 2012 will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday.

The free event is open to city and county residents, according to Mike Amos, refuse director in Henry County. Businesses or commercial entities are not permitted to participate.

The Henry County Service Center is located at 2285 Fairystone Park Highway, Bassett, and is situated across from Bassett Office Supply.

“Basically, this is a day for area residents to bring all their paints, antifreeze, gases, batteries, cell phones” and many other potentially hazardous items for proper disposal, Amos said.

The event is held twice a year — generally in April and October, Amos said.

“That’s providing we have the funds,” he said, and added that each day costs between $7,500 and $8,500 “mainly for disposal costs.”

Grants from the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are secured to pay for the event, Amos said.

“It is popular. This is the 14th year we’ve held it since I’ve been here, and I don’t know how many years it was held before that,” he said.

Sponsors include Environmental Options Inc., EMI, Henry County, Martinsville and Gateway Streetscape Foundation.

Between 40 and 50 people work on the event, including trustees, Gateway Streetscape board members, local fire and rescue organizations and people from Martinsville and Henry County, he said.

Although some items are not accepted, the number of items that residents can bring is not limited, Amos said.

“We just ask them to bring items

in container that is no larger than 5 gallons. We then have 55 gallon drums that we pour substances into,” he said.

On average, 25 to 30 of those barrels are filled, Amos added.

Items that are accepted include: solvents (mineral spirits, paint thinners, turpentine, acetone, etc.), paints (oil based, polyurethane, tung oil, deck or oil based stains, etc.), fuels (gasoline, No. 2 fuel oil, kerosene, diesel fuels, small engine fuel, heating oil, etc.), automobile fluids (motor oil, transmission fluids, antifreeze, etc.), lead acid batteries (car, boat, lawnmower, etc.), all computer components, office equipment, cell phones and printer cartridges.

Items that are not accepted include “lightbulbs, pesticides, herbicides, no type of ammunition or any type of material like that, and we don’t take dynamite or any kind of explosives substance,” Amos said.

He suggested that residents with explosive items contact their local public safety office or local law enforcement agency.

Other items that will not be accepted include smoke detectors, compressed gas cyclinders, shock sensitive materials, radioactive materials, infectious or biologically active materials, household cleaners, drain cleaners and tires.

Amos noted that there also are oil/antifreeze and battery recycling stations at convenience centers on Red Oak Road, Axton Road and Jack Dalton Road. Those stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call 634-2503, 634-4674 or 340-8009.


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