Household Hazardous Waste Day coming up

Do you have any cans of old paint, thinner, used motor oil, or old batteries kicking around in the garage? How about pails of anti-freeze?
These kinds of things can be difficult to dispose of in a responsible manner, but on Saturday, May 14, you’ll have an opportunity to do just that.
The Rainy River Watershed Program, the Rainy River Safety Coalition, as well as the Town of Fort Frances and the Townships of Chapple and LaVallee are sponsoring Household Hazardous Waste Day on that date and are looking for all that stuff you don’t want but don’t know what to do with.
Watershed co-ordinator Adam Scott will be spearheading the event taking place in Fort Frances at the Public Works yard located at the corner of Wright Avenue and Fifth Street West from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The material will be taken away and dealt with by Clean Harbours Canada, formerly known as Safety Clean.
“We want all the domestic waste,” said Scott on Monday.
Scott emphasized they will not be accepting commercial waste, solid waste, or recyclable material, however.
“We’re not accepting regular garbage or toxic hazardous waste,” he stressed. This includes biological waste (used needles), toxic chemicals such as PCBs, radioactive material, or anything that cannot be identified. Also, anything that can be composted is not wanted either.
“We prefer people dispose of these in other ways,” he remarked.
Scott said the materials collected will be divided into four categories—corrosives, toxic, reactive, and flammable—and it is important that those collecting it know what it is.
“For efficiency and safety purposes, we want the waste separated and labelled,” he stressed.
Scott also said he is hoping the turnout and collection will surpass last year’s numbers when just over 16,000 kg. was brought in from 415 households throughout the district.
He said it is not only important to make sure these materials do not wind up in conventional landfills where they pose an environmental risk, but they are also a threat to health and safety in the home.
“It’s so important to get these things out of people’s homes because they pose a risk to children and pets,” he remarked. “It’s both an environmental and a public health issue.”
Scott pointed out the project requires the efforts of a many people and more are always welcome.
“We’re still looking for volunteers,” he said, adding they’re planning a barbecue afterwards for those volunteers.
If you can be available on May 14 and wish to pitch in, give Scott a call at 482-2479.

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