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Jes Sdao Swanson
Annual Household Toxics Recycling and Rain Barrel Event Date Set
Spartanburg SC – Over the past eleven years, one household at a time, Spartanburg County residents have recycled over 360 tons of toxic, hazardous, corrosive, and acidic materials from homes during nine Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day events. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 9am-2pm in the parking lot of the Spartanburg County Administrative Services Building at 366 N. Church St. in Spartanburg. Spartanburg County is one of only a few counties in the state to offer an annual HHW collection event to its residents. The service is free to Spartanburg County residents, and is sponsored by Spartanburg County’s Solid Waste and Stormwater Departments, the City of Spartanburg, Upstate Forever, Goldmine Rain Barrels, Pratt Recycling, Waste Connections, Master Gardener Association of the Piedmont, and Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club.
Items to be accepted include herbicides and pesticides, mercury, aerosols, brake fluid, corrosives, flammable solids and liquids, solvents and degreasers, pool chemicals, propane tanks, paint and paint thinner, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and other common household hazardous materials. This event does not accept electronic waste (e-waste), explosives, asbestos, radioactive materials, or commercial wastes. E-waste is currently accepted at four of the county’s recycling collection centers daily.
The event will have locally-crafted rain barrels sold on site as well. Rain barrels can be purchased for $95 each, with discounts available for multiple barrel purchases. Payment is accepted by check or cash only.
“Long-term storage and improper disposal of HHW can lead to accidental poisonings and can endanger public health and the environment if these items make it into the water supply. Water treatment and wastewater treatment plants are not equipped to remove these types of contaminants, so they should never be poured down a drain, storm sewer, or into a water body. We also encourage citizens to make less toxic purchasing decisions for future needs,” stated Shelley Robbins, a Project Coordinator with Upstate Forever, a non-profit with offices in Spartanburg and Greenville that focuses on sustainable development practices and protecting special places in the Upstate.
More information about HHW and this event can be found on the county’s website www.spartanburgcounty.org or at http://safedisposalupstate.org/.