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November 6, 2010 - Household Hazardous Waste Event
Release Date: October 15, 2010

November 6, 2010 - Household Hazardous Waste Event

The final of two free events held annually at the SCMUA Solid Waste/Recycling Facility from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. The SCMUA contracts with a specialized hazardous waste vendor to service the collection event. Many jobs around the home require the use of products containing hazardous components such as oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, paint thinners and solvents, pesticides and herbicides, pool chemicals, household cleaners, aerosol spray products, rechargeable batteries, mercury-containing products such as thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent bulbs. These products that require disposal are known as "Household Hazardous Waste" (HHW).

Materials that constitute HHW range from more obvious ones like those mentioned above, as well as old gasoline and pool chemicals, to lesser-known ones like mercury. Household Hazardous Wastes are sometimes disposed of improperly by people pouring them down a drain, onto the ground, into storm sewers and into septic systems. This improper disposal, and/or putting HHW out with the regular trash poses a risk to people, animals and the environment.

To discourage residents from disposing of HHW in the garbage or other improper disposal, the SCMUA hosts these free HHW Days in the spring and fall at its Solid Waste/Recycling facility, in Lafayette. PLEASE NOTE: Latex paint, motor oil, alkaline or mixed household batteries, asbestos, regulated medical waste and certain other materials are not accepted during the HHW Events, as they can be brought to the SCMUA any day. Please contact the SCMUA directly for more information.

The Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority plays a key role in providing convenient methods to properly and safely dispose of and/or recycle used electronics, vegetative waste or potentially hazardous chemicals for the Sussex County community. The SCMUA owes its success, in large part, to the residents and businesses of Sussex County who recognize that recycling is a necessary and beneficial solid waste management option that not only preserves landfill space, but also valuable raw materials. With continual support from the Sussex County Freeholder and SCMUA Commissioner Boards, the staff at the SCMUA will continue to provide efficient and courteous solid waste and recycling services. The SCMUA is a committed partner in the global effort to improve the environment and quality of life, by being responsible on a local level. Creating safe and accessible opportunities to dispose of and/or recycle these materials is necessary in order for citizens to feel comfortable about expanding or modifying their current lifestyles.

For more information on other Sussex County recycling initiatives, please visit www.scmua.org.

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