Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Takes On Electronic Waste

The Harrison County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held Saturday, April 21 st at Mississippi Power's Plant Watson on Cowan Road, rain or shine.

Drop off hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The event is free to Coast residents (not businesses) who want to properly dispose of hazardous household products, including aerosols, cleaners and polishes, lighter fluid, fluorescent light bulbs, detergents, disinfectants, gasoline, transmission fluid, motor oil and filters, car batteries, tires, fluorescent bulbs, insecticides, paint, paint thinner, antifreeze, poisons and pesticides.

Small electronic items such as microwaves, stereos, televisions, computers, fax machines, phones and VCRs may also be dropped off.

"Proper recycling of electronic waste is of particular importance this year," said Cindy Simmons, Harrison County Beautification Director.  "Household electronic waste, e-waste, is exempt from hazardous waste regulations and often ends up in solid waste landfills.  The collection event offers a safe way for residents to properly dispose of e-waste that can contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, chromium and silver."

In addition, the Harrison County field office, located just south of Plant Watson, will be accepting large appliances such as empty refrigerators, washer/dryers, dishwashers and ranges. No medical waste, furniture, trash or radioactive materials will be accepted at either site.

"It is critical that household hazardous waste items do not wind up in landfills or in our environment here on the Coast," said Simmons.   "We try to make it easy for people to do the right thing-all that residents have to do is bring their items in. Volunteers will unload their vehicles as they drive through the line. We're providing all the equipment and methods needed for correctly disposing of hazardous materials or recycling some of the items."

The hazardous waste collection day, now in its twelfth year, is sponsored by Mississippi Power, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, the Harrison County Beautification Commission and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

This year, the event is being held in cooperation with Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Since 1995, more than 200 tons of hazardous chemicals alone has been collected.  For more information, residents may call Harrison County Beautification at (228) 214-1405.

Selected data from the 2006 collection event:

Paint                                        5,857 gallons
Hazardous Chemicals              3,525 gallons
Electronic Waste                   21,000 pounds
Waste Oil                                 1,750 gallons