Have you been collecting automotive, home improvement project, lawn and garden, and other miscellaneous products in your garage…wondering how to dispose of it? You’re not alone. The average home in Tennessee produces 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year.
On Saturday, November 2, Rutherford County is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Event at 4765 Florence Road from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
“I hope that all residents will take this opportunity, that is provided by TDEC, to safely and properly dispose of the items that can’t go into their regular trash,” said Rutherford County Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen.
Acceptable items include: Home maintenance/improvement items such as strippers and thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar, and wallpaper remover – Home lawn and garden products including pesticides, fertilizer and wood preservatives – Miscellaneous items such as pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, fluorescent tubes, and company fluorescent bulbs – Medicines and drugs will also be accepted. *Please empty medications into a ziplock plastic bag before bringing to the event. Needles and sharps in a puncture proof container with sealed lids are now accepted.
Items NOT accepted include: Paint, electronic wastes, infectious wastes, automotive gas tanks, explosives, ammunition, gun powder, fireworks, radioactive wastes such as smoke detectors, radium paint.
A few simple reminders about the event: Please stay in your vehicle at all times. Follow signs and direction of staff. Keep pets in your vehicle. Only containers that have flammable liquids will be returned upon request.
For more information on the event or accepted/unaccepted items, please contact (615) 898-7739, (615) 542-4633, or (615) 893-3681. For more information on the Department of Environment & Conservation’s Household Hazardous Waste Program, visit: https://www.tn.gov/environment/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program.html.