Get rid of hazardous household items this weekend

JACKSON, Tenn. — The city of Jackson is hoping residents will head to their garages and sheds before Saturday and get rid of hazardous waste.

hazardous materialsClear out your old chemicals, non-alkaline batteries, and electronics. This is one of only two times each year you can dispose of these types of items in the city.

“It’s very easy. People don’t have to get out of their cars,” said Kathleen Huneycutt, Director of the City of Jackson’s Health and Sanitation Department. “Just drive through. There will be volunteers that will take it out of your car.”

Huneycutt said it’s important to keep these items out of the water supply.

“If you don’t take care of it properly, you risk contaminating the environment, the ground water, and this is one reason the Storm Water Department for the City of Jackson helps sponsor this event,” Huneycutt said.

Huneycutt said they’re also accepting a new item this year.

“If you bring needles or sharps in a container that’s enclosed like a bleach bottle or soda bottle that has a top on it, we will be taking those types of things,” Huneycutt said.

The city is not accepting latex paints but said you can dry small amounts of those items with sand or cat litter and dispose of them in your regular trash.

The collection site is at 112 Union Avenue in Jackson behind the farmer’s market and will be set up from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information about what’s being collected, call 731-425-8545.