Household hazardous waste day slated tomorrow

If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning around the house and garage, Saturday is a great day to tackle it.
District residents can get rid of most everything from old cans of paint to car batteries Saturday when the Rainy River First Nations Watershed Program, in co-operation with the Town of Fort Frances, Township of Chapple, and Fort Frances Times, hosts Household Hazardous Waste Day 2004.
Running from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Public Works building on the corner of Wright Avenue and Fifth Street West, people with items they’re not suppose to throw away with their normal garbage pickup are encouraged to get rid of them at this fourth-annual event.
Waste products you can turn in tomorrow include batteries, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, pesticides, rat poison, pharmaceuticals, cleaning fluids, pool chemicals, bleach, ammonia, aerosols, paints/solvents, oils/gasoline, barbecue starter fluid, and propane cylinders.
Waste products should be separated and labelled.
No PCBs, commercial, infectious, radioactive, or unknown wastes, or commercially-generated waste will be accepted.
Hazardous materials that are turned will be transported from here to hazardous waste company Harbor-Kleen’s transfer facility in Winnipeg. From there, it will be shipped to licensed facilities for processing and disposal.
Household Hazardous Waste Day is designed to facilitate the safe disposal of reactive, flammable, corrosive, poisonous, and other potentially-dangerous materials found in the households of Rainy River District’s 27,000 residents.
The watershed program organized the first waste day in Emo in 2001 and has been heading it ever since. The 2002 event was held in Fort Frances while last May it took place both here and in Rainy River.
Last year’s joint event in Fort Frances and Rainy River removed some 4,822 kg of hazardous waste from district homes. The one in 2002 saw 5,000 kg of materials turned in while the inaugural event only had half of that.
In related news, town residents also will have a chance to get rid of yard waste free-of-charge Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the municipal landfill.
The town stressed the waiving of tipping fee applies strictly to leaves, tree branches, grass clippings, and garden waste. These items must be separate from regular waste when brought to the landfill.