Household hazardous waste collection scheduled

Household hazardous waste collection scheduled A household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event has been scheduled for Clay, Yankton and rural Union counties.

Household hazardous waste will be collected from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Vermillion Missouri Valley Recycling, 840 N. Crawford Road, Vermillion, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Yankton Transfer & Recycling, 23rd & Kellen Gross Drive, Yankton.

This event is for "household waste" and does not include "business waste". The event is provided by the Vermillion / Yankton Joint Powers Solid Waste System, and co-sponsored by Clay, Yankton, and Union counties and Keep Yankton Beautiful.

Household hazardous materials (HHM) are materials used in and around the home that are caustic, flammable, toxic, or radioactive and also includes infectious and explosive materials. The collection event will not accept infectious or explosives materials.

A product is considered a household hazardous waste (HHW) if the product has been banned or canceled by EPA such as Arsenic, DDT, Chlordane, Toxaphene, Carbon Tetrachloride and Dieldrin; is a dry product that got wet; liquid products that have frozen or dried out; the label is missing or unidentifiable; the container is in poor condition; the product's useful life has ended, or the product is unwanted.

HHMs include cleaning supplies, room deodorizers, oven cleaners, sanitizers, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, NiCad batteries, floor polish; silver and metal polishes; nail polish; furniture polish; mothballs; floor wax; disinfectants; powdered bleach.

Household items include florescent bulbs, mercury switches and thermometers, bug sprays, flea collars, peroxides and medicines.

Shop, hobby area, and repair supplies that fall into the hazardous waste category are latex paint, oil based paint, used oil, used anti freeze, cleaners, thinners and solvents, lubricants, glues and adhesives, stains, strippers and preservatives, lead acid batteries, oil filters, yard, garden and farm supply area

pesticides, herbicides and other products.

The S.D. Department of Agriculture will be on site to receive farm products.

Citizens are urged to check their HHM products and clean their houses of unusable, unwanted household hazardous waste. These materials are toxic and may lead to, cause, or add to household fires, poisoning, or undesired fumes.

Removing HHW from homes will provide a safer, cleaner environment. HHW products are not desired at the landfill because of their toxicity and volatility. Disposing of these materials on the ground or near our waterways can cause pollution to drinking water.

Homeowners should sort good products from bad, mark these dates on their calendar and bring HHW to either the Vermillion or Yankton Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site:

? Friday, Sept. 30, 2 to 7 p.m. Vermillion Missouri Valley Recycling, 840 N. Crawford Road, Vermillion.

? Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yankton Transfer & Recycling, 23rd and Kellen Gross Drive, Yankton.

This year there is a $5 charge per vehicle to help defray costs.

Correct change will help keep lines moving. Checks should be made out to: City of Vermillion MVR.

For further information or for special arrangements for business waste please call Vermillion Solid Waste Department 605-677-7076.

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