Household hazardous waste collection at fairgrounds

Lebanon residents can clear some clutter Saturday. Wilson County’s hazardous household waste collection will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The collection, which is offered as a part of the state’s Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collectio...
Oct 11, 2012
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Workers sort hazardous household materials at a previous collection event.
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Samples of common household items disposed of at previous collection events.
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A worker consolidates oils disposed of at a previous collection event.

 

Lebanon residents can clear some clutter Saturday.

Wilson County’s hazardous household waste collection will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

The collection, which is offered as a part of the state’s Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Service, is offered in Wilson County once per year.

“You are able to dispose of things that you normally can’t throw away in your regular garbage,” said Heather Christian with the Wilson County Solid Waste Department.

More than 400 households participated in the 2011 household waste collection in Wilson County, according to Paula Mitchell of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid Waste Management.

Nearly 1,000 households participated in the 2008 Wilson County collection.

“That’s actually a good thing,” said Mitchell. “We like to see that people are reducing the amount of hazardous materials they use.”

Items commonly brought to the collection include fluorescent bulbs, old motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizers and pool chemicals.

Mitchell said oil-based paints and electronic scrap will not be accepted, but residents of Wilson County can dispose of year-round at the local convenience center.

“The one-day hazardous waste collection is really focused on the truly hazardous materials,” said Mitchell. “A lot of the material that we collect is flammable, reactive, corrosive or toxic.”

Clean Harbors, a company that specializes in safe disposal of hazardous materials, will sort the items collected and use, neutralize, or dispose of the materials in the most safe and efficient ways possible.

“When these materials are disposed of in the home in the garbage, they can cause fires on the trucks and they can injure workers,” said Mitchell. “If they’re poured down the drain, they’re more costly when they enter the water system. Frequently, people think of it as an environmental issue, but really, it’s a safety issue for our sanitation workers.”

People bringing materials to the collection site should keep containers in sturdy, newspaper-lined boxes loaded in their vehicles’ trunks or truck beds. Materials should be kept in their original containers when possible and should not be mixed with other materials.

Drivers should enter at the fairgrounds’ main entrance and follow the signs. Drivers should stay in their vehicles throughout the process.

Staff writer Sara McManamy-Johnson can be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 16 or sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com.

 

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