Waste Day coming up this Saturday

Residents of the Rainy River District will have an opportunity this Saturday to properly dispose of household hazardous waste that has accumulated within area homes.
The Rainy River First Nation Watershed Program, in conjunction with numerous area partners, is organizing the fifth-annual Household Hazardous Waste Day.
The depot for drop-off of hazardous materials will be at the Public Works yard in Fort Frances, located at Wright Avenue and 5th St. West. The hours of operation for the depot will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wastes that will be accepted are classified into four major categories. These are:
•Corrosive—Batteries, drain cleaners, etc.
•Toxic—Pesticides, pharmaceuticals, cleaning fluids, etc.
•Reactive—Pool chemicals, bleach, ammonia, etc.
•Flammable—Paints, solvents, propane cylinders, etc.
Residents wishing to bring hazardous waste to the depot are asked to clearly separate waste by type as well as clearly label the wastes. Commercial waste will not be accepted at the depot.
“Providing the residents of Rainy River the opportunity to properly dispose of these types of wastes allows for a great benefit to both public and environmental health,” said Rainy River Watershed program coordinator Adam Scott.
“Without a proper disposal method, hazardous wastes will tend to either be disposed of improperly in landfills or even buried in yards or dumped down the drain, which has significant negative impact on the local environments,” he added.
The risk of residents stockpiling these hazardous materials is also a risk, Scott said.
“If residents leave these wastes to accumulate in their homes, there is the ever increasing risk that curious children and pets can come into contact with these materials, which can be very harmful to their health.” he noted.
Anyone wishing more information regarding the 2005 Household Hazardous Waste Day is urged to contact Adam Scott at 482-2479, ext. 224.

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