Annual HHW collection set for Aug. 6

The county's annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the electronics recycling site at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys beginning at 9 a.m. According to recycling coordinator Bekki Titchner, the collection will allow area residents to dispose of much of the hazardous material that is not accepted at the ongoing paint and pesticide and bulbs and batteries collections. "Although we're able to take oil-based paint and pesticide every Wednesday, and that's been going really well, there are a lot of things we can't take, and some people will bring us boxes of stuff and say, 'I'm not sure what you can take,' and then we'll separate through that, but [this collection will allow for the disposal of] pool chemicals, solvents, gasoline mixes, and those type of things we're not [typically] able to handle," Titchner said. Even though there are ongoing programs that collect some of the items, residents can dispose of oil-based paints, flammable liquids, wood and metal finishing products, deck stains, water sealers, household cleaning agents, drain cleaners, solid and liquid pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, mercury thermometers, putties, glues and other adhesives, antifreeze and pool chemicals through the collection. There are also a number of items that individuals should refrain from bringing to the collection. Unacceptable items include explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, medical waste, car batteries, motor oil, tires, appliances and latex paints. Titchner explained that only one HHW collection is held each year "because it is an extremely expensive program." However, individuals are not charged to dispose of materials at the event. Anyone planning to participate in the upcoming collection should contact ECS&R, the company the county has contracted with to hold the event, in order to schedule a time slot to drop off items. ECS&R can be reached toll-free at 1-866-815-0016.