Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Where to recycle household hazardous waste

News from the Baltimore County recycling website:

The Spring 2008 Household Hazardous Waste One Day Collection Event will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility (BCRRF) in Cockeysville. Baltimore County residents may drop off unwanted household chemicals, paints, pesticides, mercury thermometers, fluorescent light bulbs, re-chargable batteries, ammunition, fireworks and automotive fluids. No trash will be accepted at this event. No commercial or institutional materials will be accepted at this event. For questions or additional information, call 410-887-3745 or check their website.

Household hazardous waste materials include paint thinner, car batteries, polishes, insecticides, mercury thermometers and glues. These materials are too dangerous to be simply poured down the drain or placed into a garbage can. Some, such as gasoline, thinners, lighter fluid or glues and adhesives can catch fire. Others, such as pool chemicals and bleaches, can react violently with other materials to explode or produce toxic gases. Many, such as lawn and garden or agricultural chemicals, can be toxic if inhaled or ingested, and can cause serious medical problems. HHW is accepted at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh April through November, Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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