Middlesex County To Hold Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day

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EDISON – The Middlesex County Division of Solid Waste Management is pleased to announce its Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day scheduled for Sunday, March 17,  at the Middlesex County College located at 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison. The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Household hazardous wastes that are improperly disposed of are potentially dangerous to children and animals, a potential cause of ground water and other environmental pollution and a potential threat to garbage collection crews.

“Household Hazardous Waste collection days are a great service that we can provide for our residents to ensure that we protect their safety and care for the environment,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the county Public Safety and Health Committee.

Acceptable materials include but are not limited to: pesticides/herbicides, flammable liquids, solvents, pool chemicals, used motor oil, oil filters, paints, rechargeable and button cell batteries, anti-freeze, propane tanks, fluorescent light bulbs including compact fluorescent bulbs (no broken bulbs) and asbestos. Residents wishing to bring asbestos must pre-register by calling the division, and can only bring up to a maximum of 500 pounds.

Materials not accepted at the drop-off day include: tires, electronics, explosives/munitions, infectious/medical waste, household medications, appliances/furniture, unknown materials and empty containers. Residents with tires and electronics can contact the Division for information regarding separate tire and electronics recycling programs. Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt that have the word ALKALINE imprinted on them) can be thrown out in the normal trash.

The drop-off day is sponsored by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and conducted in cooperation with Middlesex County College. The event is open to residents of Middlesex County and is free of charge. Items should be brought in clearly marked containers.

“The Freeholders and our partners are committed to offering programs that raise the quality of life of our citizens,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off program is one of our most popular and successful programs that really makes a difference.”

For further information, contact the Division of Solid Waste Management by calling 1-732-745-4170, by e-mailing solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us or by visiting  http://www.co.middlesex.nj.us/planningboard/solidwaste.asp

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