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Household Hazardous Waste Day Preview

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For the fifth year Ouachita Parish homeowners will have an opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials or old medicine for free. The event takes place Saturday at ULM's football stadium. Nolan Crane shows us what items are accepted and why event organizers hope for a large turnout.

The city of Monroe is proud and officials put their money where their mouth is to pay workers good money to keep the city clean. The executive director of Keep Ouachita Parish Beautiful gets mad when he see's litter near the river and in piles on the side of the road. Some items like these tires and electronics are hazardous and can cause a lot of damage.

"A lot of mercury comes out of batteries, TV's, things of that nature they break down in our environment," said Wayne Heckford.

Fish in the Ouachita River can get contaminated and make us sick when we eat them if we do don't dispose of our trash properly. Keeping some items at your house can also cause problems.

"Tires build up around the house. Now you have water, becomes breeding beds for mosquitoes and now you're looking at the encephalitis risk," said Gregg Smith.

Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm you can drop off hazardous items at the campus of ULM.

"You have your electronics, pesticides, paints, tires, and also old medications. None of those things should be put into the waste stream," said Smith.

"That's one of the things that excites me about this type of operation. It gives the community the responsible locations and the responsible way of handling this waste instead of just throwing it off on the side of the road," said Heckford.

Employees might get paid to pick up the city's trash but Saturday it's our turn to fill up bags with hazardous waste from around our homes to help the parish and city with its image. Dropping off hazardous items is free and last year more than 200 people showed up.

For a list of what items are accepted visit http://www.ouachitagreen.org/Household_hazardous_waste.html 

 

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