Nez Perce County Fairgrounds
between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
What to Bring and What Not to Bring
April 24, 2012 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ORGANIZE HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT
Free disposal available to Nez Perce County residents
Nez Perce County, City of Lewiston, Asotin County Regional Landfill, Sunshine Disposal & Recycling, Lewis Clark Recyclers, and the Idaho Department of Agriculture have partnered to host a collection event to help residents safely, economically, and conveniently dispose of household hazardous wastes and agricultural chemicals.
Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste” or HHW. Examples of common HHW includes antifreeze, batteries, cleaners, oils, mercury thermometers and thermostats, paints, pesticides, pool and yard chemicals, and solvents. It is estimated that the average home contains as much as 100 pounds of hazardous wastes, stored in basements, garages, and cupboards.
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health and wildlife. In an effort to divert these potentially dangerous items from the waste stream, local governments and private businesses will be hosting a free collection event. Residents of Nez Perce County are invited to drop off wastes at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds, between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Items not accepted include tires, ammunition and explosives, compressed gas cylinders, garbage, radioactive items (for example, smoke detectors), and medical wastes. In addition to HHW, electronic wastes (cell phones, computers, keyboards and mice, etc.) will be collected. (Please note, television sets and large copiers will not be accepted at this event.)
“We’re excited to provide local citizens with an opportunity to get hazardous chemicals out of their homes, while protecting the environment, sanitation workers, and emergency response personnel,” says Dan Johnson, City of Lewiston’s Solid Waste Manager. “We hope a successful event will prompt the establishment of responsible and safe disposal practices in our community.” For more information, residential customers can call 208-791-8098.
Commercial hazardous waste will not be accepted at this event. If your business is classified as a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator, you may dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze, automotive batteries, and oil based paint and related solvents at the Asotin County Regional Landfill. Pre-registration is required and there is a fee. For pricing and to schedule an appointment, businesses should call 509-758-9230.