Collection of household hazardous materials set for Saturday in Marshall

Friday, September 24, 2004

Those 20-year-old aerosol cans collecting cobwebs in the garage, the dead batteries in the remote control and the leftover rat poison under the sink from when that little mouse scurried across the living room floor two years ago all finally have a place to go. Marshall Municipal Utilities will give area residents a chance to get household hazardous waste off their hands, at no cost, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Marshall recycling facility. The facility is located just east of the MMU power plant on North Street.

Weed killer, metal polish, old paint and even moth balls are all items that need special care taken in their disposal and aren't be accepted as part of weekly trash pickup days.

At the city's second-ever household hazardous materials collection day, the first being held Sept. 25, 1999, organizers hope to help keep poisonous, caustic or otherwise dangerous chemicals from getting dumped down storm drains or tucked away in garages and basements.

"It was very successful last time, and we expect it will be successful this time as well," City Administrator Charlie Tryban said, adding that several hundred cars are expected to pull into the recycling center to drop off the hazardous materials, produced as part of everyday household activity.

All participants need to do is load up their wastes into some form of container, a cardboard box will do for most items, and show up at the center. Drivers will be directed where to go, then hired hands will remove the waste, often without the participant even having to leave their vehicle.

The event comes to Marshall with help from a West Central Solid Waste District grant. Hazardous waste disposal isn't cheap, with the whole event costing around $25,000. But with the grant the city will pay less than a quarter of that, around $6,000, which mostly covers the cost of labor. The grant setup "is really great, and it works really well," Tryban said.

While they will be able to take most hazardous products, including motor oil, many types of cleaners, poisons and old medicine, there are several items crews will not be able to handle as part of the special collection day. These include explosives, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, pressurized cylinders, medical needles, biohazard waste, and most especially, old tires. They also will not accept business waste.

As usual, the drop-off recycling facility will also be accepting typical recyclable goods, such as paper, aluminum and glass, as well on Saturday. The recycling center is open seven days a week for disposal of recyclable materials.

Contact Matt Heger at

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