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3/25/2013 - Hazardous Waste Collections Scheduled April 27 - Click here to print this information

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The Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee is pleased to announce that the 9th Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. The collection has been expanded and will be offered at three locations the first time in the history of the event. Accomack and Northampton residents may take their household hazardous wastes to any of the Convenience Centers in Horntown, Painter, and Birdsnest.

The Eastern Shore's landfills are not engineered to handle these materials and hazardous wastes illegally entering the landfill threaten the health of Eastern Shore residents and the environment. Hazardous wastes also tend to accumulate around everyone's homes over time creating unnecessary health and safety risks at home. Every quantity of hazardous waste brought in ensures that that waste will not pollute our water resources on the Eastern Shore and endanger the quality of our water and our health.

Participants can dispose of up to 50 pounds of hazardous waste for free. Additional waste will cost $1.00 per pound for every pound in excess of 50 pounds. Disposal of the first 50 pounds for free will be available only as funds allow. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to arrive early to ensure a spot. Collections will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.

Accepted household wastes include garden chemicals, poisons, repellants, degreasers, fuels including gasoline and kerosene, fungicides, wood preservatives, wood stain, paint thinner and remover, driveway sealers, epoxy, rodent poison, and asbestos. Items not accepted include commercial and industrial wastes, car batteries, tires, motor oil, ammunition, flares, explosives, medical and biological wastes, radioactive waste, medicines, PCBs, smoke detectors, Freon, propane tanks, and empty containers of any kind. It is important to note that latex paints will not be accepted.

Paint will not be accepted. Oil and latex paints may be disposed of by removing the container lid to allow the paint to air dry or mixing the paint with an absorbent such as kitty litter or wood chips. Once the paint has solidified, dispose of the container with the regular trash.

If you have questions about the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, please contact Curt Smith with the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission at 787-2936.

This event is the only local option for proper disposal of household hazardous waste and is only held once each year. Residents are encouraged to plan for this event each year by storing hazardous wastes in a safe, secure location until the event occurs during the spring of each year.

The event is made possible with funding from Accomack and Northampton Counties, the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, NOAA, and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and with volunteer assistance from Waste Watchers of the Eastern Shore.

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