HHWCD set for Saturday from 8-noon

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 10/6/17

Bradley County residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, which takes place this Saturday at from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bradley County …

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HHWCD set for Saturday from 8-noon

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Bradley County residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, which takes place this Saturday at from 8 a.m. to noon at the Bradley County Justice Center.

This event will allow people to safely dispose of dangerous household chemicals at no cost to them. Organizers are also partnering with Cleveland's Better Business Bureau to provide free document shredding. 

Cheryl Dunson, HHWCD coordinator and executive vice president of marketing for Santek Waste Services LLC, said Cleveland BBB Executive Director Lisa Geren came up with the idea of partnering to provide a "one-stop drop-off" for residents.

“By offering both services, we’re hoping we’ll increase participation and awareness about this worthwhile event,” Dunson said. 

HHWCD is sponsored twice a year by the Bradley County government, and it provides an opportunity for people to get rid of toxic items which are no longer needed.

Items accepted include paints, pesticides, fertilizers, solvents, cleaners, medicines, aerosols, pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, old computers and TV sets.

Certain items will not be accepted. For example, empty paint cans are not hazardous and can be placed in household trash. Tires and microwaves are also not hazardous, and are accepted year round at the Bradley County Landfill. Waste oils and lead-acid batteries are also accepted at no cost at the landfill throughout the year.

No commercial or agribusiness waste, or waste coming from other counties, will be accepted, as the event is meant for local residents looking to dispose of household hazardous waste.

People will be on hand to unload vehicles and direct them to different drop-off stations. Those dropping off items are encouraged to package them in sturdy, well-marked boxes to prevent leakage, and to protect volunteers and workers on site. 

“Our volunteers and contractors work as quickly as possible to unload vehicles and segregate materials, but our primary focus is on safety,” Dunson said. “The lines usually move pretty quickly, but it often depends on how materials are loaded because it impacts the process by which they’re unloaded.”

Those who participate in the HHWCD can rest easy knowing they have kept dangerous chemicals from harming the environment. The BBB's document shredding will offer people another kind of peace of mind — knowing that they have done something to help protect their identities. 

“In today’s world where we hear and read about identity theft on a daily basis, the free shredding of sensitive documents ensures personal protection against such crimes,” Geren said. “We’re thankful to Cooke’s Food Store, Corptek and Shred-it for allowing us to offer this service to local residents.”

Nearly 500 residents took advantage of HHWCD this past spring, and organizers are hoping for another successful event.

For more information on the event, contact Dunson at 423-303-7107.


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“Our volunteers and contractors work as quickly as possible to unload vehicles and segregate materials, but our primary focus is on safety. The lines usually move pretty quickly, but it often depends on how materials are loaded because it impacts the process by which they’re unloaded.” — Cheryl Dunson

 

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