East Baton Rouge Parish residents can drop off household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Mayor’s Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said the event is for the collection of residential hazardous materials only and not for materials generated by businesses and other commercial sources, nor will it be for people who live outside East Baton Rouge Parish.
All vehicles entering the drop-off site will be stopped to verify that occupants are East Baton Rouge residents, Hamilton said.
The items to be dropped off will be checked to make sure they are among acceptable household hazardous materials.
The following hazardous materials will be accepted: fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil paint and paint products, automobile tires, automobile 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.
Also, liquids should be in labeled, closed containers sized 5 gallons or less.
Items that will not be accepted include ammunition, explosives, fireworks, non-residential waste, radioactive devices (smoke or 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 and computer components, and latex paint.
Hamilton said although household hazardous materials comprise 1 percent of the waste stream, they can negatively impact almost every aspect of the environment, polluting the air, water and soil.
Over the past 28 years, EBR residents have safely disposed of over 3 million pounds of household hazardous materials through local collection events such the one on Saturday, she said.
Although latex paint is not considered hazardous, it is one of the main materials brought to the collection for disposal.
As an alternative, Hamilton said residents can safely dispose of latex paint by mixing it with equal parts kitty litter, allowing it to dry out and then placing in their garbage can.
Residents should enter the drive-through drop-off site from Scenic Highway at Foss Street, where directional signs will be posted, and police officers will keep traffic moving steadily.
For information, call the Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194 or visit brgov.com/recycle for a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable household hazardous materials.