East Baton Rouge Parish residents can drop off household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the upcoming Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
City-Parish Recycling Director Susan Hamilton emphasized that the event is only for the collection of residential hazardous materials, and will not accept materials generated by businesses and other commercial sources, or by people who live outside the parish .
All vehicles entering the drop-off site will be stopped to verify that the occupants are East Baton Rouge residents. In addition, the items to be dropped off will also be checked to make sure they are among the household hazardous materials that are being accepted.
The following household hazardous materials will be accepted: fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil paint and paint products, automobile tires, auto products including used oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, diesel, oil and fuel filters; cooking oil; fluorescent tubes, ballasts and compact fluorescent bulbs; lead acid, nickel-cadmium and alkaline batteries; stereos and televisions. To be accepted, liquids should be in labeled, closed containers that hold five gallons or less.
Items that will not be accepted include: ammunition, explosives, fireworks, non-residential waste, radioactive devices, large gas cylinders such as helium, acetylene or Freon, Styrofoam peanuts, school lab waste, fire extinguishers, appliances or furniture, copiers, construction and demolition debris, asbestos-containing building materials, biomedical hazardous material, computers, computer monitors, fax machines and computer components, and latex paint.
Hamilton said that although latex paint is not considered hazardous, it is one of the main materials brought to the collection for disposal. As an alternative she said residents can safely dispose of latex paint by mixing it with equal parts kitty litter, allowing it to dry out, and then placing the dry can in their garbage cart.
Residents should enter the drive-through drop-off site from Scenic Highway at Foss Street. Directional signs will be posted and police officers will be on hand to keep traffic moving steadily.