Meridian Collects Hazardous Waste Items

Meridian, Miss. Saturday was the second Household Hazardous Waste Day for Meridian this year.

People were able to donate any materials that cannot be thrown away in the regular landfill. Things like pesticides, tires, and motor oils. The city will then properly dispose of those items.

There was even a small explosion and fire Saturday morning from a mixture of some of the hazardous materials. Workers say that's a prime example of the dangers of keeping those materials. However, the items can also hurt in ways you can't see.

"What could happen is it could get in the water," according to Odell Hopkins with Contract Compliance. "Cause real problems to our drinking water and what have you. No one would ever think it could sink down that low, but that could be a problem equally, as well."

If you didn't get to dispose of your hazardous materials on Saturday, you'll have to hold on to them for a little while. The next Household Hazardous Waste Day is scheduled for spring of 2014.