Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Tri-State Exhibition Center, the event will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
In addition to the mayor’s office, program sponsors include Santek Waste Services, Cleveland Utilities, Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful, and Tri-State. The program is being funded with host fees paid to the county by Santek, the company managing the Bradley County Landfill.
“Residents who plan to participate in the program need to be aware of more stringent packaging requirements,” said Cheryl Dunson, event coordinator. “We’re asking residents to place greater emphasis and care on how they package their wastes for transportation. During the spring event in April, we had several incidents in which wastes were haphazardly thrown into the trunks of vehicles or into garbage cans. This created extra work for our volunteers, and made for some unsafe and dangerous conditions for everyone involved in unloading the wastes and preparing them for disposal.”
Wastes must be properly labeled and packaged in cardboard boxes or plastic containers. Empty paint cans will not be accepted since they can be disposed of in regular household waste. Lead-acid batteries and oil should be taken to the Bradley County Landfill, which accepts those waste streams throughout the year.
“Our goal is to provide a safe working environment for not only residents who take advantage of the event, but for our volunteers and contractor,” Dunson said.
Dunson also credited several organizations with helping to promote the event.
“In addition to the KAB volunteers who help direct traffic, we’re extremely grateful to Ken Webb and Cleveland Utilities,” Dunson said. “We were able to distribute more than 34,000 educational flyers through the utilities’ September billing cycle, which really helps spread the word about the event. We’re also very appreciative to Mack Hess and his staff for allowing us to use the exhibition center again this year. Logistically, Tri-State allows us to quickly move vehicles in and out without long waits or delays.”
Dunson encourages all residents to arrive early and be patient.
“The gate will close promptly at 1 p.m.,” Dunson said. “At our spring event, we accepted wastes for more than an hour after the gate closed due to the constant flow of traffic. Again, if residents will take the time to properly package their waste streams, we can unload vehicles more quickly, which will give more people an opportunity to take advantage of the event during the allotted hours.”
The collection program is tailored to relieve Bradley County homeowners of all of their household toxic wastes. Empty paint cans and solidified paint are not hazardous and can be disposed of with the household garbage.
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day program is designed, according to KAB, because, if these hazardous wastes are not disposed of properly, many are extremely dangerous to the environment. With this program, these toxic wastes can be removed from the home safely.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS include:
- Automotive and marine products, such as oil and fuel additives, grease and rust solvents, naval jelly, carburetor and fuel injector cleaners, starter fluids, body putty, antifreeze/coolant, and gasoline;
- Home maintenance and improvement products, such as oil-based paint, used strippers and thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar, wallpaper remover, and stains and varnishes;
- Home lawn and garden products, such as pesticides, fertilizers, and wood preservatives;
- Electronics, such as CPU’s, TV’s (console TV’s must be dismantled), monitors, printers, and keyboards;
- And miscellaneous items, such as pool chemicals, photo-processing chemicals, medicines/drugs, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, and fluorescent tubes.
UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS include:
- Medical/biological products, such as needles and sharps, infectious wastes, dead animals, any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic, or veterinarian’s office;
- Explosives/ammunition products, such as fireworks, military ordinance, gunpowder, and ammunition;
- Radioactive products, such as smoke detectors or radium paint;
- Business/Institutional waste products, such as from any business — large or small, any college or university, any school, any hospital, any home improvement or painting contractor, or any agribusiness;
- And miscellaneous items, such as empty containers of any kind, automotive gas tanks, laboratory chemicals and cooking oil.
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the year-round electronics waste recycling efforts at the Peerless Road Recycling Center. Used oils, anti-freeze and lead batteries also are currently recycled free of charge at the Bradley Landfill year-round.
The Tri-State Exhibition Center is located in the McDonald community off Nature's Trail, formerly known as Pleasant Grove Road.
For more information or to receive a free pamphlet about the event, contact Dunson at 303-7101 or Joanne Maskew, executive director at KAB, at 559-3307.