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Disposing of Hazardous Materials

NewsChannel 34 has teamed up with the Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management to tell you about ways on how to become more environmentally conscious.
NewsChannel 34 has teamed up with the Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management to tell you about ways on how to become more environmentally conscious.

First, a look at keeping hazardous materials out of the landfill.

We all use some type of hazardous material, whether it be cleaners, pesticides, paints, stains or fertilizers. When it comes to getting rid of them, it's important to do it the right way.

"We are very fortunate in Broome County that we have a facility that is a permanent facility open year-round to our residents. We encourage them to take the opportunity and bring the materials up to make sure you're protecting the environment and the safety of the community," said materials recovery manager Debra Smith.

The use of technology makes landfills much safer than in the past. However, it's never a good idea to improperly dump chemicals because they can get into the ground or water system.

Animals, including birds, can also get into the hazards.

On average the hazardous materials collection site is open three days a month. It's drive-in service, so you don't even have to get out of your car.

"Once we receive the materials, they are packaged according to regulations and specifications and from there they are sent to a private company that makes sure that each one of the material types are properly handled."

Some materials can actually be recycled while others are incinerated.

Now, as far as paints, if you have an oil based paint such as this one you do need to bring that up here to the hazardous materials facility at the landfill.

If you're using a latex based paint, you can just dry that out by putting some kitty litter or speedy dry in it to help with that process and then put it out at the curb next to your garbage. Leave the lid off so the garbage crews know that it's dry and then that can be brought up here to the regular landfill."

The next hazard materials drop-off at the landfill on Knapp Road in the Town of Nanticoke is Saturday April 26th from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m.

For more information on recycling hazardous materials, log on to GoBroomeCounty.com. Click on the recycling link on the left side of the page.

For more tips on living green, visit our Green Right Now page.
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