hazardous waste

Kevin Middendorf of waste management company Safe Harbors pours used motor oil into a bin for proper disposal during a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in April. The next collection will be on Saturday.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Rutherford County on Saturday.

Any Tennessee resident is encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste – including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and more – to the designated drop-off locations. You do not need to live in the county listed to participate in the event.

The collection will be at the Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department, 4765 Florence Rd., from 8 a.m.-noon.

Household hazardous waste materials are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include 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 not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint (contact your local county solid waste department for latex and oil-based paint guidance), electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.

A full list of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found online at bit.ly/2qBmLyl.

While household waste may be disposed for free, there is a cost for disposal of Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Waste (i.e. wastes from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc.). An appointment is also necessary. Call 615-643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment.

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. Materials should be kept in the original containers whenever possible. If not, place each waste in a separate plastic container with a secure lid and label its contents.

For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, call 800-287-9013.

Since the program’s inception in 1993, more than 346,000 Tennessee households have properly disposed of more than 22 million pounds of material.

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