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Household hazardous waste to be collected

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By Bryan Marshall

It may not be spring, but Grant County residents have an opportunity to do some major cleaning.

For the first time, household hazardous waste will be collected during an event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Grant County High School parking lot.

“We’ve never had an event to take care of the stuff that you can’t necessarily not put out to the garbage, but you probably shouldn’t,” said Bryan Miles, Grant County solid waste coordinator.

Funding for the collection, which will be handled by Environmental Enterprises Inc. of Cincinnati, was provided in part by the Division of Waste Management through the Kentucky Pride Foundation and the Family and Health Services Cabinet.

The event also is sponsored by the Grant County Fiscal Court, Grant County 109 Board, the Grant County News and Express and Grant County High School.

Some common items collected will include: household cleaners, nail polish and removers, lighter fluids, glues and waxes, drain cleaners, paints, varnishes, auto batteries, lawn and pool chemicals, insecticides, petroleum fuels, florescent light bulbs, mercury and mercury containing devices, aerosol cans and fire extinguishers.

Latex paint cannot be collected.

“First and foremost, if it can be recycled, we want to recycle it,” Miles said. “That is a priority. If that doesn’t work, we look at treatment and incineration of the material. Lastly, is landfilling of the material.”

Electronic waste also will be collected by Apex Technologies of Florence, including LCD and CRT monitors, PCs and laptops, scanners, fax machines, printers, cell phones, keyboards and mice, telephones, power cords, audio-video equipment and TVs.

The state Family and Health Services Cabinet also will be offering a free digital thermometer in exchange for a mercury thermometer.

“With our demographics and the fact that this is the first year, it’s pretty hard to put an estimate on a turnout because a lot of factors come into play,” Miles said. “But, with the two contractors (who bid on the event), one estimated 600 to 700 cars would show up. The other one estimated as many as 1,000 to 1,200 cars would show up. If I get somewhere between there, I’ll be happy because that will be a lot of material coming through. I hope the contractor has to call in reinforcements and not send people home.”

The event will follow two cleanups by CSI of Williamstown.

As part of the free fall cleanup, general waste and bulky items pickup began Monday, Oct. 20, and ends Friday, Oct. 24, on a resident’s normal collection day.

Items need to be neatly organized, bagged, bundled or tied and not exceed 75 pounds.

There are not to be any liquids, tires, oils, liquid paints, solvents or pesticides.

Free appliance cleanup week will be from Monday, Oct. 27 to Friday, Oct. 31.

The items should be placed at the curb for collection during a resident’s normal pickup day.

All appliances with locked or latched doors must have the doors removed prior to pickup. They also must be empty of all materials.

Freon-containing appliances, including refrigerators, freezers and air-conditioning units, can be picked up by appointment only by calling 824-3050.

“What we wanted to be able to offer the people this fall was that you got into your basements, garages, sheds and barns one time and dealt with the disposal of just about anything you need to get rid of.,” Miles said. “In two weeks and one day, we’re going to be taking care of everything.”

For more information about the household hazardous waste collection, call 824-3050.