Household hazardous waste collection is Sept. 14

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Anderson, Coffee, Dickson and Marshall counties on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Tennesseans are encouraged to bring household hazardous waste – including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and more – to a designated drop-off location. A person does not need to live in the county to participate.

The drop-off locations are:

Anderson County – Oak Ridge Public Works Department, 100 Woodbury Lane, Oak Ridge, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT. The local contact is Geoff Trabalka at (865) 463-6845.“We encourage all Tennesseans with eligible materials to participate in this no-cost program,” TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said. “This is a way to dispose of common hazardous materials in an environmentally responsible way.”

Since the program’s inception in 1993, 350,000 Tennessee households have properly disposed of more than 22 million pounds of material.

Household hazardous waste materials are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner and used needles in sturdy containers. Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.