Spring cleaning for hazardous materials in your home

Do you have paints, cleaners, pesticides and other hazardous waste around your house? You can get rid of those materials safely this weekend in Mobile.
Do you have paints, cleaners, pesticides and other hazardous waste around your house? You can get rid of those materials safely this weekend in Mobile.

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA)-If you’ve been wanting to get rid of old paint, or other hazardous waste at your home, Saturday is the day.

Mobile County is sponsoring a collection event.

Crews are putting in place containers that will collect hazardous waste and tents are going up at the Grounds, formerly known as the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.

Mobile county is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection day here Saturday.

And, you may have some of eligible items in your garage.

 

WHAT CAN BE BROUGHT

Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson said, “The collections will be paint, oil-based, latex, aerosols, automotive fluids, pool chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, all of that.”

As opposed to people just throwing these toxic materials in the garbage can, trained personnel will be on hand to collect, transport and dispose of these items without harming the environment.

Hudson said, “We feel this is very important that these types of wastes are properly disposed of.  We want to protect the environment,  We want to protect our groundwater.”

 

MONEY FROM FEDERAL GRANT

County officials said a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is making all of this possible.

Hudson said, “It’s a $700,000 grant, and, over three years, it will help us put on several of these types of events.”

The collection will work like a drive-through, so, you won’t have to get out of your car.

But, contractors and commercial businesses are not welcome.

This disposal event is only for the people who live in Mobile County.

Mobile County officials believe it’s a great way to kick off spring cleaning in your home.

The hazardous waste collection at the “Grounds” lasts from nine in the morning, to two Saturday afternoon.

 

MORE DETAILS

Here is a list of what will be accepted:

  • Paints
  • Household cleaners
  • Automotive fluids
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Pool chemicals
  • Aerosols

Items not being accepted are: medications, explosives (flares and ammunition), appliances, tires and computers.

 

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