Meridian's Household Hazardous Waste Day set for Saturday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - It's O.K. to throw away most household trash in your garbage can. But certain household items should be disposed of differently. That's why the city of Meridian is having another Household Hazardous Waste Day Saturday, to allow residents to bring in these types of items.

"We just like to help the community out. We do not want people to throw hazardous waste in ditches because it is a hazard. It's free to our citizens of Meridian. We just want to help out and keep our community clean," says Brenda Harris, public works secretary.

Cell phones, paint, batteries, computers, light bulbs and oil filters are just a few examples of what will be accepted.

"These are things that you normally can't put in your garbage can. Like paint thinner, oil, gasoline and pesticides. Anything that's hazardous that cannot go in the garbage can," says Harris.

Local residents will be able to bring their household hazardous waste items to the Public Works Complex, located at 311 27th Avenue South and the North Hills Shopping Center, located at 4531 35th Avenue.

"For the senior citizens that cannot come out, we will pick up their items. If they call us on Friday morning, then we can set up a time to pick it up on Saturday morning," says Harris.

Organizers say by properly disposing of hazardous waste you are helping the city stay clean.

"Please help the city out by keeping it clean. The more participating the more we can bring this about twice a year," says Harris.

The collection points will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18.