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County collects waste Saturday

November 3, 2011

Catawba County will collect household hazardous waste at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory on Saturday.

All types of electronic products will be accepted for disposal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers of the collection say this is a very important event because these the products should not be trashed with other garbage. They say the materials can easily contaminate groundwater.

“The County has contracted with Clean Harbors to handle the collection of household hazardous waste and eCycleSecure to collect electronic waste,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator.

“Categories which we will accept include household cleaners, including drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, disinfectants and pine cleaners; paint products, such as latex and oil based paints, solvents, thinners, shellacs, varnishes, wood preservatives and sealers; automotive products including lead acid batteries, used motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid and auto starter fluid; pesticides and insecticides including poisons, aerosols, and weed killers; and miscellaneous materials such as acids, bases, kerosene, household batteries, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, gas cylinders and metallic mercury.”

Catawba County will again accept a wide range of computer-related and other electronic materials for proper disposal. These include cell phones, old TV sets, computer monitors, laptops, floppy drives, hard drives, ink and toner cartridges, modems, answering machines, microwave ovens, CD players, tape players, calculators, copiers, duplicators, electronic typewriters, pagers, remote controls, scanners, stereos, radios, cable and wire and VCRs.

Data devices will be destroyed, but the county says it cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment.

Certain kinds of particularly hazardous wastes will not be accepted at the Saturday collection. These include radioactive wastes; biologically active or infectious wastes; unknown gases or chemicals; dioxin related waste; explosives and tires.

The collection will be at 2500 Clement Boulevard off U.S. 321 in northwest Hickory.

For more information, call the Catawba County Department of Utilities and Engineering at 828-465-8217.

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