ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Robertson County on Saturday, May 12. Since the program’s inception in 1993, more than 346,000 Tennessee households have properly disposed of more than 22 million pounds of material.
Any Tennessee resident is encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste – including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries, and more – to the designated drop-off locations. You do not need to live in the county to participate in the event. (Note that hours listed indicate the local time.)
Robertson County – Transfer Station, 2916 W. County Farm Rd., in Springfield from 8 a.m.-noon. The local contact for this collection event is Korey Drake-Hoover at (615) 384-0683.
Household hazardous waste materials are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner and used needles in sturdy containers. Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.
Household Hazardous Waste – Acceptable & Unacceptable Items
• Automotive and Marine Products
• fuel and oil additives
• grease and rust solvents, naval jelly
• carburetor and fuel injector cleaners
• starter fluids
• body putty
• antifreeze / coolant
• Home Maintenance / Improvement Products
• used strippers and thinners
• driveway sealant
• roofing tar
• wallpaper remover
• Home Lawn and Garden Products
• wood preservatives
• pool chemicals
• photo processing chemicals
• medicines / drugs
• aerosols / compressed gas
• mercury thermostats and thermometers
• fluorescent tubes
• compact fluorescent bulbs
• needles and sharps (in a puncture-proof container)
• Medical / Biological
• infectious wastes
• dead animals
• any waste from a doctor’s office, clinic, or veternarian’s office
• Explosives / Ammunition
• military ordnance
• gun powder
• smoke detectors
• radium paint
Business / Institutional Waste:
• no businesses, large or small
• no colleges or universities
• no schools
• no hospitals
• no home improvement or painting contractors
• no agribusiness
• empty containers of any kind
• automotive gas tanks
• alkaline batteries – may be thrown away in the trash
• electronics – contact your local Solid Waste Department for guidance
• paint – contact your local Solid Waste Department for guidance
While household waste may be disposed for free, there is a cost for disposal of Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator Waste (i.e. wastes from non-household sources such as businesses, schools, farms, churches, etc.). An appointment is also necessary. Call (615) 643-3170 to request a price quote and schedule an appointment.
Many counties and municipalities meet the needs of local residents by providing collection of batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronic scrap – or BOPAE, as it is sometimes called. When handled correctly, these BOPAE materials are minimally hazardous, but inappropriate for collection at household hazardous waste events. Contact your local city or county solid waste department to find BOPAE collection sites in your area.
When transporting materials to the site, place containers in sturdy boxes lined with newspaper to prevent spills and cross-contamination in the trunk of a car or back of a truck. Be sure to keep materials away from children and pets. Materials should be kept in the original containers whenever possible. If not, place each waste in a separate plastic container with a secure lid and label its contents.
In addition to these annual events, Tennesseans can also dispose of expired or unwanted medications year-round through the Unwanted Household Pharmaceutical Take Back Program. Permanent collection boxes are provided in every county and prevent prescription and over-the-counter medications from getting into the hands of vulnerable residents or into waterways. A map with all box locations can be found here
For more information on the household hazardous waste mobile collection service, please call 1-800-287-9013
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