The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will be hosting its mobile household hazardous waste collection service in Coffee County this Saturday, Sept. 14, TDEC officials announced Tuesday.
Coffee County residents with hazardous waste, including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and more, are encouraged to stop by Tullahoma Public Works from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in the multi-state effort. The public works department is located at 942 Maplewood Ave. in Tullahoma.
Participating in the mobile collection day is not limited to Coffee County residents, according to TDEC officials. Anyone in the state with hazardous waste is invited to take part in the effort.
“We encourage all Tennesseans with eligible materials to participate in this no-cost program,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “This is a way to dispose of common hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible way.”
There are other drop-off locations set up in Anderson, Dickson and Marshall counties on the same day, and anyone living within range of these drop-off locations is encouraged to participate.
The hazardous waste collection program began in 1993, according to state officials, and has helped 350,000 Tennessee households properly dispose of more than 22 million pounds of material.
Household hazardous waste materials are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed in standard trash receptacles.
Typical items for disposal include household cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner and used needles in sturdy containers.
Items that will not be accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.
While household waste may be disposed for free, there is a cost for disposal of conditionally exempt small quantity generator waste, or wastes from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms or churches. An appointment is also necessary for disposal of those materials. Call 615-643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment.
Many counties and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic scrap – or BOPAE, as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Tennesseans are encouraged to contact their local city or county solid waste department to find BOPAE collection sites in their area.
When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. Be sure to keep materials away from children and pets.
There are two other Middle Tennessee drop-off locations set up for Sept. 14. The Dickson County collection site is Dickson County Fairgrounds, 1053 Hwy 47 East, 37055. The local contact for Dickson County is Jim Lunn at 615-446-0019.
The Marshall County collection site is located at Marshall County Solid Waste, 611 Hawkins Drive, 37091. The local contact for Marshall County is Doug Giles at 931-359-0547.
For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, call 800-287-9013 or visit www.tn.gov/environment/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program.html.
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