CANTON -- The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held at the Human Services Center, 80 SH 310, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. May 31.
“The EMC and the Board of Legislators got together in 2006 to put this HHW Waste collection program together,” according to County Environmental Management Council Chair Robert Zimmerman. Ever since, St. Lawrence County has provided two opportunities each year for residents to get rid of hazardous waste items that cannot be thrown away in the regular trash.
These events are now coordinated through the Development Authority of the North Country. They are open to residents and their residential hazardous waste materials, from St. Lawrence, Jefferson and counties.
“Over the years, we’ve held 14 hazardous waste collection events in various locations around the county, and averaged 232 cars per event,” Zimmerman said. “There have been four collection events held in Canton, with an average of 280 cars. There is always a line at the beginning. You may want to try to get there at 10:30 or a little later.”
Materials that will be accepted include solvents and pesticides; old oil-based paint; antifreeze; driveway sealers; corrosives; fluorescent bulbs, including CFL bulbs.
Materials that will not be accepted include latex paint; motor oil; tires; automobile batteries; propane cylinders.
This collection will also accept electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, computer parts, digital music players, etc.) and pharmaceuticals.
“We used to be told to toss old pharmaceuticals down the toilet, but scientists have found levels of antibiotics and human hormones in fish and frogs, so that’s not a good idea anymore,” Zimmerman said.
For more info on exactly what will and will not be accepted, call 661-3234 or visit http://www.northcountryrecycles.org/recycle/household-hazardous-waste.