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Johns Creek residents can dispose of toxic products


City has Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day


October 07, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek residents can clear their garages of hazardous waste by taking advantage of Johns Creek's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, Oct. 12. And it's free.

Residents can drop off all those half-empty paint cans, pesticides, dead batteries and other toxic domestic products. The collection point is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Home Depot parking lot at 5950 State Bridge Road near Medlock Bridge Road.

"Many everyday products – cleaning supplies, paint or pesticides – can contaminate the environment if they're just thrown away," said James Swope, Johns Creek Solid Waste manager. "They can even be hazardous to store at home. This gives Johns Creek residents a chance to dispose of dangerous waste in a safe and environmentally sound manner at no cost."

Materials accepted are:

• Paints

• Solvents, cleaners and aerosols

• Herbicides and pesticides

• Motor oil and anti-freeze

• Mercury

• Batteries

• TVs and electronics

• Propane cylinders with functioning valves

• Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors

• For the first time, the program is also accepting containers of fats, oils and grease from cooking.

If dumped down the drain, fats, oils and grease can cling to the walls of plumbing and sewage pipes and cause sewage spills in homes.

Unfortunately, the program cannot accept medical waste or needles, ammunition, pharmaceuticals or trash and non-hazardous items.

The program is sponsored by the city of Johns Creek and Keep Johns Creek Beautiful.

Registration required – city residents only.

Pre-registration is required for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Space is limited. With the potential volume of hazardous waste and affiliated costs, the event is limited to Johns Creek residents. If you are not sure if your address falls within the city limits of Johns Creek, check the city website.

Register at www.knfb.org. For more information, call 770-551-7766 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or email info@keepjohnscreekbeautiful.org.

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