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Annual Hazardous Waste Collection Event Kicks Off

by on May 02, 2014 11:23 AM

One thousand.

That's the goal – 1,000 cars to pass through the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority's annual household hazardous waste collection event, according to Amy Schirf, coordinator for the event.

Typically, the event sees between 800 and 900 vehicles drive through to drop off old and unwanted chemicals and other hazardous products. This year, McDonald's gave organizers 1,000 coupons to distribute to those who drop off materials.

"I want to give every single one of those away," Schirf says.

While the event technically kicked off at 10 a.m. Friday local residents were at the collection site – on Transfer Road near the Nittany Mall – before 8:45 a.m. Around 10:30 a.m. there was still a steady stream of traffic flowing through the site.

"It's free. It's quick and easy. All you have to do is drive on through. You don't even have to get out of the car," says Schirf.

Crews will be collecting waste until 6 p.m. Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. It is the only hazardous waste collection event in Centre County.

"This is about properly disposing of your household chemicals," says Schirf.

Crews with Maumee Express are collecting items such as insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaners, poisons, corrosives, oil based paints, CFL bulbs and more. The company will properly dispose or recycle the materials.

Some of the items residents were dropping off Friday included fluorescent light bulbs, which hold highly toxic materials, spray paint, insecticide and weed killer.

Crews will not be collecting latex paint, used motor oil, latex paint, antifreeze, medications or alkaline batteries.

Anyone with questions about the collection can call the authority at 238-7005.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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