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Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection May 10, Three Locations

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Ground Water Committee is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The collection is available for residents of Accomack and Northampton and will be offered concurrently at Convenience Centers in Makemie Park (Temperanceville), Fishers Corner (Parksley), and Birdsnest.

The Eastern Shore’s landfills are not engineered to handle these materials and hazardous wastes illegally entering the landfill threaten the health of Eastern Shore residents and the environment.  Hazardous wastes also tend to accumulate around everyone’s homes over time creating unnecessary health and safety risks at home.  Every quantity of hazardous waste brought in ensures that that waste will not pollute our water resources on the Eastern Shore and endanger the quality of our water and our health.

Participants can dispose of up to 50 pounds of hazardous waste for free.  Additional waste will cost $1.00 per pound for every pound in excess of 50 pounds. Disposal of the first 50 pounds for free will be available only as funds allow. Interested parties are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a spot. Collections will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.

Accepted household wastes include garden chemicals, poisons, repellants, degreasers, fuels including gasoline and kerosene, fungicides, wood preservatives, wood stain, paint thinner and remover, driveway sealers, epoxy, rodent poison, and asbestos. Items not accepted include commercial and industrial wastes, car batteries, tires, motor oil, ammunition, flares, explosives, medical and biological wastes, radioactive waste, medicines, PCBs, smoke detectors, Freon or propane tanks, and empty containers of any kind.

Paint will not be accepted. Oil and latex paints may be disposed of by removing the container lid to allow the paint to air dry or mixing the paint with an absorbent such as kitty litter or wood chips. Once the paint has solidified, place the paint container in a plastic bag and dispose of the container with the regular trash.

If you have questions about the Household Hazardous Waste Collection, please contact Curt Smith of the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission at 787-2936.

This event is the only local option for proper disposal of household hazardous waste and is only held once each year. Residents are encouraged to plan for this event each year by storing hazardous wastes in a safe, secure location until the event occurs during the spring of each year.

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