Get rid of household hazardous waste on Saturday at Memorial Stadium parking lot _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING. Photo shot on 3/5/2010 HAZMAT COLLECT trax# 00020809a Beth Blanchard sorts through paint containers Friday in her garage in Brusly, separating old cans from ones being saved for current painting, in preparation for the West Baton Rouge Parish Hazardous Materials Collection Day, Saturday March 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She recently moved into the Brusly house, and a number of paint cans already there needed disposal. Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful, the Dow Chemical Company, Addis, Brusly, Port Allen and West Baton Rouge Parish government are sponsoring the event, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The collection site is the Multi-purpose Arena parking lot, at 152 Turner Road, Port Allen. Residents of West Baton Rouge Parish can drop off paint, paint thinner, fluorescent bulbs, electronic equipment, batteries, most auto fluids, metallic mercury, lawn and garden products and more. Products not accepted include ammunition, fireworks, radioactive devices, Styrofoam fire extinguishers, any liquids in containers larger then five gallons, school lab waste and more. No commercial waste will be accepted. The collection day is open to WBR Parish residents, but not businesses. ONE WEEK LATER, the Greater Baton Rouge Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day and Paint Swap will be held on Saturday, March 13. East Baton Rouge residents can bring household hazardous materials and leftover paint to Memorial Stadium parking lot, East side, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Again, no commercial waste will be accepted

The start of spring is an excellent time to make more space in your garage or go through those old bottles below the sink.

Much of that material shouldn’t go into the garbage, and that’s where the upcoming Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day in East Baton Rouge Parish comes in.

Scheduled 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Memorial Stadium parking lot, the event allows parish residents to bring in those items as well as batteries, used oil, and lawn and garden products for proper disposal.

By far the most common item collected has been paint, although latex paint is not toxic and can easily be dried out with cat litter and then thrown in the regular trash.

“We get a lot of pesticides and insecticides, and that’s important because it’s so toxic,” said Susan Hamilton, parish recycling director, adding that all liquids should be labeled and in a sealed container.

Items that aren’t accepted include ammunition, fireworks, fire extinguishers, furniture, power tools and old medication.

Parish residents have a new option year round as Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Baton Rouge will accept full or partly full cans of latex or stain as well as full cans of oil paint.

More information on how to drop off these materials is available by calling (225) 355-1895.

“I think people are really going to take advantage of that,” Hamilton said. “That’s probably the majority of what we get at the event, oil and latex paint.”

The ReStore option is one more recycling opportunity, joining a list of businesses that accept items year round such as car batteries, used motor oil, computers, propane tanks and devices like thermostats that contain mercury.

“So much of the stuff people bring in can be recycled year round,” Hamilton said.

The full list of year-round recycling opportunities is available at the parish recycling website, brgov.com/dept/recycle.