Hazardous waste disposal Saturday

Published 10:29 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

Keeping Lincoln County beautiful and safe has never been so easy.

On Saturday, residents of Brookhaven can rid themselves of hazardous waste at the City Landfill on County Farm Road. As part of an initiative for Hazardous Waste Clean-up Day, residents will be able to dispose of items they can’t throw away in regular curbside garbage collection. The landfill will accept waste from from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Materials that can be thrown away Saturday morning include paints, weed killers, oils, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizer, tires, batteries, old electronics, aerosol cans, poisons, flammable liquids, butane tanks, fluorescent bulbs, etc.

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Unacceptable items to drop off include medical waste, carcasses, animal manure, explosives, ammunition and dynamite.

Homer Richardson, a member of the Keep Lincoln County Beautiful board, is leading the effort.

“The idea is we’d like to be able to get rid of hazardous waste before the start of dumpster days,” Richardson said.

Dumpster Days, which will be held April 2 through May 3, are when dumpsters are placed in areas throughout the county, allowing people to drop off bulky waste items. Items include mattresses, TVs and building materials. Items such as personal tires, refrigerators, air conditioners and stoves may be placed on the ground near the dumpster.

From April 2 – 5, dumpsters will be on Monticello Street east of County Farm Road. From April 9 – 12, dumpsters will be at the intersection of Newman Road and Old Hwy. 51. From April 16 – 19, dumpsters will be at the intersection of Hwy. 51 and Bogue Chitto Road. From April 23 – 26, dumpsters will be at the intersection of Jackson-Liberty Road and West Lincoln Road. From April 30 – May 5, dumpsters will be located at James Case’s Store on California Road.

Richardson said the hazardous waste drop off day is earlier because they don’t want people turning in materials that can be considered hazardous waste to dumpsters during Dumpster Days.

The Hazardous Waste Clean-up Day takes place every two years and is made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Protection.

“I recommend that people start thinking now what kind of stuff they have that is hazardous waste and put it aside so it’s ready to go that Saturday morning,” Richardson said. “We like to do it around the time of spring cleaning.”

Keep Lincoln County Beautiful has been in operation since 1999 and works together with Keep America Beautiful, part of the Great American Cleanup.