Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection

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“Soulful Blue” left you feeling empty? “Edgy Gold” was a little too edgy? “Exuberant Pink” wasn’t lively enough? Unused paint and plenty of other household hazardous wastes can pile up in the garage or basement leaving homeowners wondering how to safely dispose of dangerous chemicals. The Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission and City of Alpharetta will be holding a Household Hazardous Waste and Paint Collection recycling event for residents on June 15, 2013, to make homes safer and the environment cleaner.

The one-day event provides for the collection of toxic materials such as latex, oil based, artist and spray can paints, pesticides, garden products, old thermostats, fluorescent tubes, batteries and household cleaning products.

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered household hazardous wastes that require special disposal. Improper disposal includes pouring household hazardous waste down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or placing items in trash, which can pose a threat to garbage collectors and landfill employees. Hazardous waste, if taken to the landfill with the trash, could cause potential environmental damage.

To decrease household hazardous waste, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends purchasing environmentally-friendly cleaning products, looking for ways to reuse or donate items and using rechargeable batteries.

The EPA makes other recommendations to make homes and the environment safer such as:

• Use and store products containing hazardous substances carefully to prevent any accidents at home. Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels.

• When leftovers remain, never mix household hazardous waste with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated waste might become unrecyclable.

• Follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on product labels.

This collection is limited to residents within the Alpharetta City limits and requires pre-registration. The form can be found on the City website at www.alpharetta.ga.us. There is no charge for acceptable items and the list includes many paint products, home and garden chemicals and poisons. This program is not available to Alpharetta businesses.

Materials will be accepted on June 15 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. only for registered participants. Motor oil, antifreeze, and truck and car batteries can be brought to the local recycle center where they are collected on a daily basis.

For more information, go to www.alpharetta.ga.us or the Natural Resources Commission Facebook page and “Like” us.