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Planning underway for hazardous waste disposal event
by Jebb Johnston
Mar 07, 2014 | 265 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Need to get rid of old paint, antifreeze or electronics?

Another Household Hazardous Waste Day is in the works for April or May, pending the award of grant funding for the event.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday gave approval this week to apply for grant funding from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to support the event. The $25,000 grant would require a 25 percent local match that would be met through volunteer labor and other in-kind support, said Alliance Community Development Director Andrea Rose, who also informed the city board of the event this week.

The Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful event would be held at the Alcorn County Transfer Station on South Harper Road in a drive-thru format like that of the last disposal event held in the fall of 2012.

“I’ve had calls from people that are looking to dispose of these types of things,” said Board of Supervisors President Lowell Gann.

And Alderman Ben Albarracin said there have been a number of questions recently about disposing of paint in the city. Street Commissioner Philip Verdung said the sanitation workers can collect paint only when it is dried.

If the grant is awarded, sealed bids will be solicited from private household hazardous waste contractors. No commercial waste is accepted at these events, which are normally held on a Saturday.

Rose said Caterpillar is interested in supporting the event and helping with publicity to get the word out “to more of the population and have a much bigger event than we’ve had before.”

CAT is also interested in holding another event in the fall and they would pursue the funding, she said.

The October 2012 event was deemed a success, with paint and electronics the most commonly disposed items. Electronics such as televisions, computers and VCRs filled up an entire truck.

The event also collected 1,900 pounds of pesticide; 1,800 pounds of flammable aerosols; and 7 pounds of mercury extracted from items such as thermostats and light bulbs. Participating families numbered about 150.

A long list of items are eligible, including tires, fertilizers, cleaners, brake fluid, gasoline, paint thinner, pool chemicals, oil and many others.
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