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.