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Biloxi closes public dumpsters after finding hazardous materials


BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The public dumpsters at the Woolmarket Fire Station are now closed after hazardous materials were found at the site. Biloxi city officials say this isn't the first time the dumping has happened.

The three dumpsters had been provided as a free convenience for residents to drop off non-hazardous trash like tree limbs, lawn clippings or discarded furniture. But this week, state Department of Environmental Quality had to remove hazardous materials that included five-gallon buckets of paint primer, muriatic acid, and used hydraulic oil and motor oil.

It was the second instance in which DEQ had to remove hazardous materials from the site.

"Residents don't ordinarily use five-gallon containers of primer," a DEQ worker told the city, "so even though you have signs out there saying residential-use only, it's apparently a contractor who left this."

The DEQ advised the city to close the dumpsters. Residents can now leave non-hazardous trash for the city's curbside pickup, or bring it to Coastal Recyclers Landfill on Hudson-Krohn Road. The site is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and fees begin at $12 for a pickup load of trash.

Household hazardous waste can be dropped off the second Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Harrison County Work Center on Lorraine Road, south of Interstate 10. The free monthly service is provided by the Harrison County Beautification Commission.

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