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Over the past fourteen years, one household at a time, Spartanburg County residents have recycled over 415 tons of toxic, hazardous, corrosive, and acidic materials from homes during Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day events.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 26th 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, Goldmine Rain Barrels, Pratt Recycling, Waste Connections, CMC Commercial Metals, 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.
“Many people do not realize that hazardous chemicals must be properly managed, and if left in storage or improperly disposed, can create widespread contamination to groundwater and surface waters. Incorrect hazardous waste disposal can potentially negatively impact human health, wildlife, agriculture, and so on. Hazardous chemicals should never be poured down the drain, as wastewater treatment facilities are ill-equipped to deal with the variety of chemicals that must be removed before that water is treated. In addition, residents may not understand that pouring toxic chemicals down storm drains or into water bodies can have dangerous consequences that affect everyone in our community. We offer this event as a free service to Spartanburg County residents to help them properly dispose of these toxic chemicals. We also educate and encourage residents to look at less toxic alternatives to these chemicals in the future,” stated Jes Sdao, Recycling Coordinator and Water Quality Outreach and Education Coordinator for Spartanburg County.