Federal and state laws mandate that certain household items cannot simply be thrown into a landfill. Therefore the city of Meridian conducts a Household Hazardous Waste Day twice a year so citizens may responsibly dispose of toxic or non-biodegradable materials.
"Things like household cleaners, insecticides, solvents that clean corrosive products. We do anti-freeze, oil, those type of things. And we also collect tires," said Odell Hopkins, contract compliance officer for the city.
Those wishing to dispose of hazardous materials may bring their items to the Public Waste Facility off the 29th Avenue Bridge Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Other items you may have tucked away include computer monitors and old cell phones.
"We do collect telephones, and those usually we give to one of the battered centers for them to be reused. We do old batteries of all sorts, anything that you just can't regularly get rid of in your garbage and that's prohibited by the state and federal laws," Hopkins said.
Despite strict laws and punishment for dumping hazardous material, waste management workers continue to find prohibited items in land fills, thereby creating serious threats to those living near by.
"Corrosive things get into the water tables and can cause great problems. There are many things that have poisonous side effects to them and they don't need to go into there," said Hopkins. "So we give you an opportunity to get rid of those type things."
The city hopes residents take advantage of the household hazardous waste collection day. Items such as paint and aerosol cans, car batteries, motor oil, and pesticides will be accepted. If you have a question about an item, you may call Meridian Public Works at 601-485-1970.