Hustling out hazardous waste

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(3/15/19)– Searching for a place to ditch that vintage 1999 desktop that’s been sitting in your house for years? Look no further.

Ouachita Green is holding a massive household hazardous waste event tomorrow.

It’s the perfect time to start that spring cleaning–look around your house,  start cleaning out that hazardous waste that you have, and bring it to the Ike Hamilton Center.

From aging TVs and computers to old bricks, Ouachita Green is taking a ton of it. Today, Ouachita Green members and volunteers came together to set up for the event.

  “We’ll be accepting hazardous material like paint, oil and latex paints, any type of old antifreeze, old oil, old fuel. Anything we want to keep out of our ground water, said Stuart Hodnett, Director of Ouachita Green.

 The goal is to recycle these hazardous materials sitting around our homes and to keep them out of our environment.

  “It keeps our parish free of all these materials that sometimes are stock piled in somebody’s backyard, those materials can break down and get into the environment, ” said Wayne Heckford, Executive Director of Keep Ouachita Parish Beautiful.

There are, however, some materials the event won’t be accepting.

  “We will not be accepting ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials,” said Hodnett.

 It’s recycling events like this that make a huge difference.

“2018 there was 100 tons less in trash pick up from the previous year in 2017, so we’re doing something right here,” said Hodnett.

The event will only be accepting household hazardous waste, not commercial.

Materials you can bring to the event tomorrow include:

-office and billing paper (a shredder will be available)

-cardboard/plastic/scrap metal

-needles

-household chemicals/pesticides/medication/batteries

-motor oil/paint/antifreeze

-tires (5 per household/with up to a 20 inch rim dimension)

Ouachita Green will also be accepting donations at the event.

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