Free Disposal For Household Hazardous Wastes

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Residents of Payson and the Rim Country will have an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous wastes next weekend.

The free event is from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 27 at the Payson Event Center, across from the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

Residents can dispose of paints, solvents, adhesives, auto and other batteries, motor oil, fuel and other fluids, aerosol cans, propane tanks, pesticide, herbicides, fluorescent lights and other mercury-containing items, acids, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, passenger tires without rims, fire extinguishers and any other household item labeled “Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, Combustible or Corrosive.”

Organizers ask residents to take the following measures with the materials they bring to the event: seal the materials in original containers if possible; label unmarked containers, if known; keep waste items separated from items to be kept; pack the individual waste containers so they are visible to the event volunteers; don’t bring medications, biohazardous or infectious wastes, medical sharps, explosives, compressed gas cylinders other than propane, large appliances, radioactive waste, smoke alarms or ammunition; don’t mix wastes together; don’t smoke at collection site.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, the Payson Water Department, the Northern Gila County Sanitary District and the Tonto Apache Tribe are sponsors of the event.

Most of the money for this event is from a federal grant awarded to the Tonto Apache Tribe. The Payson Water Department and the Northern Gila County Sanitary District are each contributing $10,000 for the event. Martin committed $5,000 in cash and the employees and bins to divert all of the non-hazardous items that people bring, such as tires, batteries and latex paint from the collection to lower the costs.

For additional information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 371 or (928) 337-3565.

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