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It’s time to dump household hazardous waste

It’s now time to get rid of that paint, motor oil or burnt-out lightbulbs that have been sitting in the shed for a year.

Three Rivers’ annual household waste collection day is Saturday, and it’s free to dispose of all waste for those living in Lafayette County from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory parking lot beside the Oxford Conference Center.

Michelle Robinson, recycling coordinator with the city of Oxford said the waste days are held every April and are important, “so that these types of items are not being put into the landfill or other parts of the normal waste stream.”

Robinson said last year 700 cars pulled through and the most popular drop-off items are TVs and paint. But there’s a long list of items that can be dropped off, and some items people don’t think about include metal, washer and dryers and bulking waste. And, the items are recycled instead of sitting in a landfill.

“Vendors that specialize in these types of items bring their trailers for us to load the stuff on,” she said. “Then they take it to their facilities where they are recycled.”

To help the vendors and residents dropping off items, about 60 people will be on board working. About 10 are from environmental services, three from Three Rivers, vendors will bring people, and some local residents help out.

Robinson said commercial waste is not accepted, and the household items that can be dropped off include aerosols, all-purpose cleaners, ammonia, antifreeze, brake fluids, batteries, barbecue lighters, fluid, chlorine bleach, computer/electronic waste, detergents, disinfectants, drain opener, engine fluids, fertilizers, furniture polish, gasoline, gas additives, glass cleaner, glues, herbicides, insecticides, mothballs, motor oil, oven cleaner, paints/paint thinner, pesticides, photographic chemicals, propane cylinder tanks, rodent poisons, silver polish, swimming pool chemicals, stains, tires, toilet bowl cleaner, turpentine, varnish, water sealant, old appliances and old medical supplies.