By Alyssa Schnugg
Now that spring has finally sprung, Oxford and Lafayette County residents can do some spring cleaning and clear up some space and get rid of hazardous waste sitting around in sheds and garages this weekend.
Three Rivers’ annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory parking lot beside the Oxford Conference Center.
The event is held annually to keep hazardous household waste from ending up in landfills or other parts of the normal waste stream.
Collection is accepted from residents Lee, Pontotoc, Itawamba, Monroe, Calhoun, Lafayette and Union Counties.
In previous years, more than 600 cars dropped off waste that included everything from TVs to paint to batteries. Those bringing waste to the collection event can just pull up in front of the armory and volunteers will unload the items to be dropped off.
The waste is organized and given to vendors who turn around and recycle the items.
Commercial waste is not accepted, nor is regular household trash or furniture, biological or infectious materials, explosives, radioactive materials or unknown substances.
Household items that can be dropped off include aerosols, all-purpose cleaners, ammonia, antifreeze, brake fluids, batteries, barbecue lighters, fluid, chlorine bleach, computer/electronic waste, detergents, disinfectants, drain opener, engine fluids, fertilizers, furniture polish, gasoline, gas additives, glass cleaner, glues, herbicides, insecticides, mothballs, motor oil, oven cleaner, paints/paint thinner, pesticides, photographic chemicals, propane cylinder tanks, rodent poisons, silver polish, swimming pool chemicals, stains, tires, toilet bowl cleaner, turpentine, varnish, water sealant, old appliances and old medical supplies.
For more information, call 662-489-2415.