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Citizens Drop Off Thousands of Loads of Flood Debris

Monday August 10, 2009

Drop-off sites open daily through Sunday, August 16

Residents have tossed nearly 3,000 loads of flood-damaged debris at the city’s three free drop-off sites since they opened on Friday. The sites will remain open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, August 16.

Drop-off Collection Loads since Friday (numbers reflect truckloads, not tonnage)

18th and Broadway: 887

Papa John’s: 1,591

Morris-Forman Treatment Plant: 438

Grand Total Loads: 2,916

Saturday was the peak day for drop-offs with 1,326 loads. Sunday loads decreased by nearly 40 percent with 838 loads.

Household Hazardous Materials Accepted at Drop-Off Sites

Each drop-off site is now accepting household hazardous waste that has been damaged by floodwaters.

Acceptable items include:

· Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides

· Fertilizers

· Lawn/garden chemicals

· Swimming pool chemicals

· Driveway sealers

· Gasoline (including boat gas)

· Kerosene

· Solvents and degreasers

· Mildew removers

· Asbestos floor tiles

· Fluorescent light bulbs

· Mercury thermometers and thermostats

· Nail polish and removers

· Mothballs

· Furniture polishes and waxes

· Cleaners (bathroom, rug, upholstery, all-purpose spot removers)

· Metal polishes and rust removers

· Oven and drain cleaners

· Batteries (auto, household and rechargeables)

· Hearing aid/watch batteries

· Automotive fluids

· Mineral spirits/turpentine

· Varnishes and stains

· Wood preservatives

· Oil based paint or lead paint

· Propane tanks (1 lb and 20 lb grill tanks)

Please note that latex paint is not considered a hazardous item and may be thrown away in your regular garbage. If there is only a small quantity of paint in the can, remove the lid and let stand in a well-ventilated area away from children or pets until dry. For larger quantities of paint, or to speed up the drying process, stir in an absorbent such as sand, kitty litter, sawdust, vermiculite, or shredded paper.

Containers with dried latex paint (without lids) can be placed in tightly sealed plastic bags and placed in garbage containers for pickup.