Saturday, October 1, 2022

Oxford to Host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in April

The Armory parking lot on Ed Perry Boulevard will play host to Three Rivers Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on April 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to citizens of Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union County citizens and is free of charge. Not only do citizens not have to pay, they don’t even need to leave their vehicles.

“You pull up and they’ll unload it from your car for you,” said Solid Waste Department Director Amberlyn Liles. “They’ve got it down to a fine science.”

Items that qualify include batteries, disinfectants, glue, paint cans and old appliances. They will not accept sofas, roofing, shingles, household trash, biological or infectious material, explosives, radioactive materials or unknown substances. A full list of acceptable items can be found on the city’s website.

While some people choose to dispose of their hazardous waste products in their normal garbage, they are urged against doing so.

“We really hope they don’t do that,” said Mayor Pat Patterson. “You’re not supposed to put that kind of stuff in the landfill, in fact, (sanitation engineers) are not even supposed to pick them up. This is really a great thing for the community.”

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