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College Park schedules household hazardous waste pickup day
by Bill Baldowski
April 11, 2013 11:57 AM | 2319 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
College Park employees, from left, Mike Mason, director of public works, Mike Gaston with the building and grounds department and Ada Caston, storm water management supervisor, deposit old newspapers at the recycling site at the corner of John Calvin Ave. and College Street, which will be one of the two sites residents can bring their potentially hazardous household products for deposit as part of this program.
College Park employees, from left, Mike Mason, director of public works, Mike Gaston with the building and grounds department and Ada Caston, storm water management supervisor, deposit old newspapers at the recycling site at the corner of John Calvin Ave. and College Street, which will be one of the two sites residents can bring their potentially hazardous household products for deposit as part of this program.
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With April being Clean-Up Month for College Park, residents have the once-a-year opportunity to dispose of hazardous household waste material free of charge at two recycling sites in College Park.

In addition, the city will also collect other items at the curbside.

College Park Director of Public Works Mike Mason announced the city will, for the sixth year, offer residents Household Hazardous Waste Day April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items that will be collected free of charge at the curbside include up to four old tires, unwanted appliances and bulky items such as furniture and mattresses.

This hazardous waste drop-off program is for College Park residents only and proof of residency is required at the recycling site.

“Residents are allowed to dispose of hazardous household materials by bringing it to two collection locations within the city.

“They include the drop-off center at the corner of John Calvin Avenue and College Street or the recycling center at the Jamestown Plaza on Riverdale Road behind the Charles E. Phillips Park area,” Mason said.

This program continues to be one of the best city-wide community events.

The items that will be collected at the recycling centers free of charge include paint, electronics pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, aerosols, drain cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, automotive and household batteries, insect sprays and rodent killers in addition to oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze.

Though the city does not keep track of the actual number of residents who participate in the hazardous waste program each year, Mason said the number keeps growing.

“We all want a clean city and recycling should be the preferred way to go,” he said.

“In this program, residents are encouraged to rid themselves of hazardous materials and do it at no charge,” Mason said, adding that if these potentially hazardous items are not disposed of properly, they usually find their way into illegal dumping areas.

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