NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Henry, Macon, Sullivan and Williamson counties on Saturday, May 4.
Tennesseans are encouraged to bring household hazardous waste – including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and more – to a designated drop-off location. A person does not need to live in the county to participate.
The drop-off locations are:
· Henry County – Henry County Recycling Center, 450 Recycling Dr., Paris, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT. The local contact is Ron Watkins at (731) 641-0018.
· Macon County – Career Center, 606 Hwy 52 Bypass East, Lafayette, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT. The local contact is Debbie Richardson at (615) 699-3707.
· Sullivan County – Sullivan Central High School, 131 Shipley Ferry Rd., Blountville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT. The local contact is Kristen Evans at (423) 323-6439.
· Williamson County – Williamson County Administrative Complex, 1320 West Main St., Franklin, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. CDT. The local contact is Jennifer Stanley at (615) 786-0166.
“We encourage all Tennesseans with eligible materials to participate in this no-cost program,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers. “This is a way to dispose of common hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible way.”
Since the program’s inception in 1993, 350,000 Tennessee households have properly disposed of more than 22 million pounds of material.
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, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.
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.
Many counties and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic scrap – or BOPAE, as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Tennesseans are encouraged to contact their local city or county solid waste department to find BOPAE collection sites in their area.
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.
For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, please call 1-800-287-9013 or visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program.html.