Hazardous waste day slated Sept. 13

District residents will have a chance to get rid of their stockpiles of paint, oil, and other hazardous goods in a few weeks when the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is held here Saturday, Sept. 13.
The event, which runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., once again will take place at the Public Works building on Fifth Street West and Wright Avenue.
Kiley Hanson, co-ordinator of the Rainy River Watershed Program, said the waste day will be much like it’s been in the past—the only difference being the date and the fact the Town of Fort Frances is now the major sponsor and co-ordinator of the event.
Usually held in May, Household Hazardous Waste Day was rescheduled this year so the town could receive funding for it.
Back in February, the Ministry of Environment approved the new Municipal Hazardous Special Waste (MHSW) program, making the town eligible to receive funding for the processing, disposal, and transportation costs of certain materials.
But the MHSW program did not start until July 1, and the town felt that holding the waste day during July or August, when many people are on holidays or otherwise busy, wouldn’t draw as many people as it would by holding it in September.
“The Town of Fort Frances has really taken the reins this year, and see it as an annual event for the community and district, as well,” said Hanson, stressing that, as in past years, residents from across the district are encouraged to come to Fort Frances and drop off their hazardous waste on Sept. 13.
“It’s still really great they’re willing to leave it as a district-wide event.”
Hanson added the Rainy River Watershed Program, which previously co-ordinated the Household Hazardous Waste Day, remains involved.
“The Public Works department has really done most of the co-ordination this year,” she said. “We’re taking the reins as far as really promoting it, making sure that the event is known throughout the district.”
Household hazardous waste brought in on Sept. 13 is handled by Winnipeg-based CleanHarbors Environmental Services Inc., but Rainy River First Nations and Public Works staff, as well as members of the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists, also likely will be on hand to help out at this year’s event.
The public can turn in a variety of materials on waste day, including:
•paints and stains, and their containers;
•solvents such as thinners for paint, lacquer and contact cement, paint strippers, and degreasers, and their containers;
•used oil filters;
•waste oil;
•oil containers of 30 litres or less for a wide range of oil products, such as engine and marine oils, and hydraulic, power steering, and transmission fluids;
•single use, dry cell batteries such as alkaline-manganese, zinc-carbon, lithium, and button cell batteries (e.g., non-rechargeable batteries that are meant to be removed and replaced by the consumer);
•automotive antifreeze (engine coolant) and related containers;
•pressurized containers such as propane tanks and cylinders;
•fertilizers (e.g., plant food or plant nutrients containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium);
•fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides, and their containers;
•lead acid car batteries;
•nickel cadium batteries;
•waste flammable liquids (gas, diesel fuel);
•waste aerosols and the containers in which they’re contained;
•ammonia/amine solutions and their containers;
•acids and their containers; and
•bases and their containers.
CleanHarbors takes these materials away either to be recycled or disposed of properly.