Fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil paint and paint products are among items that will be accepted at East Baton Rouge Parish’s Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day.
The collection day is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Only residential hazardous materials will be collected. Materials generated by businesses and other commercial sources or by people who live outside East Baton Rouge Parish will not be accepted, a news release said.
Anyone entering the drop-off site will be stopped to verify that they are East Baton Rouge residents. Items to be dropped off will be checked to make sure they are among the household hazardous materials that are being accepted.
Other items on the list for acceptance are 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. Liquids should be in labeled, closed containers holding 5 gallons or less.
Items that will not be accepted include ammunition, explosives or fireworks; nonresidential waste; radioactive devices, such as smoke/fire detectors; large gas cylinders, such as helium, acetylene or Freon; Styrofoam peanuts; school lab waste; fire extinguishers; appliances (white goods) or furniture; copiers; construction and demolition debris; asbestos-containing building materials; biomedical hazardous material; computers, computer monitors, fax machines or computer components; and latex paint.
Latex paint, though not considered hazardous, is one of the main materials brought to the collection for disposal. Residents can safely dispose of latex paint by mixing it with equal parts kitty litter, allowing it to dry out, then placing the dry can in their garbage cart.
Residents should enter the drive-thru 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.
For information, call the Mayor’s Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194 or visit brgov.com/re cycle, which has a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable household hazardous materials.