Going Green: Tox Away Day

Published 09/02 2014 01:56PM

Updated 09/02 2014 02:12PM

Tox Away Day is coming soon so this week is a good time to start rummaging through your garage and cabinets for toxic materials you no longer need or use.

WFFT's Tara Petitt breaks down what you can and can't drop off and she also has some insight on why it's so important to dispose of toxic materials properly.

"It's not good environmental sense to throw hazardous products in your garbage."

Cleaners, oil, chemicals, fertilizers, nail polish are all materials that are toxic and could be deadly.

Stacie Hubbert, Program Manager for the Allen County Solid Waste Management District, says lots of things could go wrong if these kinds of materials end up in the trash.

"Animals, children can get into the garbage, garbage can fall over, get into the ground water, leak."

Even everyday use batteries are corrosive and hazardous.

"If they come into contact, even with other batteries, it can ignite into fire, and you get a whole bunch together and that's not the right thing or if they get dumped into the garbage truck, it could come into contact with something else."

At last year's Tox Away Day, Hubbert says over 2,100 vehicles dropped off hazardous waste and it all added up to more than 27 tons.

This year's event will be Saturday, September 6th from 9:00am-2:30pm at the former International Tech Center parking lot located at 2911 Meyer Road.

Items you should bring include unwanted oil-based paint and supplies, household cleaners, health and beauty products, batteries, pesticides, rodent killers, fertilizers, automotive products, propane tanks, pool chemicals, mercury containing items, and fire extinguishers.

"Items that will not be accepted at Tox Away Day include tires. Main thing latex pain. We will not take latex paints. Residents can pop a lid off of it and air-dry it, and once that has formed to a solid, they can throw that our in their normal garbage."

Also not accepted include radioactive material, industrial hazardous waste, steel drums, explosives, and medication.

The Solid Waste District urges you to not mix products or remove labels and keep products in their original containers.

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