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County to collect household hazards

Washington County residents can begin gathering hard-to-dispose-of items in their homes in preparation for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Saturday, April 5.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Daniel Boone High School.
Solid Waste Director Charles Baines said the event offers residents an opportunity to dispose of items that are not accepted at the county’s five recycling centers.
­Held for more than a decade, the event’s location was moved to Boone three years ago from the original site at Science Hill High School. “The state does this for counties only and wanted us to move outside the city,” Baines told Solid Waste Committee members during their Feb. 3 meeting.
The event is open to Tennessee residents only, and no items will be accepted from businesses.
Items accepted only at the Hazardous Waste Collection on April 5:
Poisons, chemicals, pesticides, pool cleaners, paint thinners and other flammable liquids, old medicines, fluorescent tubes up to 8 feet long and mercury light bulbs.
Items always accepted at the recycling centers in Gray, Cash Hollow, Lamar, Washington College and Locust Mount:
Mixed paper, aluminum, used oil, glass bottles and jars, plastics, cardboard, batteries, radiators, faucets and drain traps, auto and machinery parts, antifreeze in closed containers, and paint.
Waste tires can be disposed of at the Washington County Tire Center for a small fee.
Visit www.washingtoncountytn.org for hours and locations.
According to Baines, explosives and ammunition are not accepted at the recycling centers or during the collection day.