Hazardous materials collection planned for Vermillion, Yankton

Hazardous materials collection planned for Vermillion, Yankton Citizens of the city of Vermillion and Clay County, the city of Yankton and Yankton County and residents of Union County will soon have an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous materials.

The Vermillion/Yankton Joint Solid Waste System is sponsoring special household hazardous materials collection events in October.

Vermillion citizens may bring their hazardous materials to Missouri Valley Recycling, 840 North Crawford Road, Vermillion, on Friday Oct. 3, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Hazardous materials collections will be held in Yankton on Saturday Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a location yet to be announced.

This is an excellent time for local citizens to clean their homes of unwanted household hazardous substances. Suggested items include:

Home improvement

products

Mercury thermostats, oil based paint, driveway sealer, paint stripper, concrete cleaner, paint thinner, turpentine, petroleum-based adhesives, roofing tar, wood preservatives.

Household products

Aerosols, bathroom cleaners, batteries (household), disinfectants, drain cleaner,

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thermometers, mothballs, nail polish remover, oven cleaner, spot removers, tile cleaners.

Automotive products

Carburetor cleaner, degreasers, fuel (gasoline, kerosene), petroleum-based waxes and finishes.

Lawn & garden products

Ant, bug, roach and rodent killer, bug spray, pool chemicals, weed killer, charcoal lighter fluid.

The average American household contains 15 pounds of hazardous substances such as paint, toilet bowl cleaners, used motor oil and pesticides. Many of these substances are potentially harmful to human health and the environment.

Improper use of household hazardous substances, by using too much or not following written precautions, can have minor effects ranging from eye and throat irritations, to headaches, dizziness and nausea, or more serious effects such as skin rashes, burns, liver or kidney damage, cancer or birth defects.

In extreme instances they may lead to death. Improper disposal of these substances through household drains or storm drains can result in costly disruptions of wastewater systems, serious injury to waste handlers and the contamination of local air and water resources.

Used motor oil, antifreeze and other waste � even in small amounts � can have profound effects on the animals that live in and around water.

By watching your buying habits, you can reduce the amount of chemicals in your home. In many cases, the use of non-toxic alternatives or appropriate disposal methods will decrease many health and environmental threats created by household hazardous substances and wastes.

Using nonhazardous alternatives will result in a safer home and environment at a fraction of the cost, since the alternatives are often less expensive. Proper use and disposal of household chemicals will protect the environment, and also save the cost of environmental clean-ups.

For products where non-toxic alternatives are not available, read and follow the label. Choose products with a caution label over those with warning or danger.

To decrease the need to dispose of unwanted or unused portions of a hazardous substance, buy only as much as you need.

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