Get rid of that household hazardous waste

You have to be a resident of Kirksville or Adair County to take advantage of Saturday's drop-off.

If you have any household hazardous waste like leftover paint, old herbicides or dead batteries laying around your house and you don't know what to do with them, you're in luck.

Residents of Kirksville and Adair County can drop them off this Saturday, April 28, at the Kirksville Public Works Complex at 2001 N. Osteopathy Street.

â??This is done basically to try and get these hazardous materials collected and properly disposed of so they don't wind up in landfills, or worse, wind up in ditches or just setting in someone's garage because they don't know what to do with it," said John Buckwalter, Kirksville Public Works director.

The drop-off hours are from 9 a.m. to noon, but you have to have to call ahead to make an appointment.

Once you arrive, your visit should be short and sweet.

"They'll be able to just follow the signs inside the complex, and we have staff who helps unload and move the materials for them,â?? said Buckwalter. â??I've got to emphasize though, you have to have an appointment. You can't just drive in and drop it off."

To schedule an appointment to drop off your hazardous household waste, just call the Kirksville Public Works Complex Friday, April 27, at (660) 627-1291.

The program is paid for by a grant through the Department of Natural Resources and the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District.

The list of the items that will be accepted at the Kirksville collection site include the following: aerosols, antifreeze, nicad batteries, alkaline batteries, lead acid batteries, lithium batteries, button batteries, ballasts, fluorescent bulbs, shattershield bulbs, HID bulbs, U-shaped bulbs, crushed/broken bulbs, water-based cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners, corrosives, cylinder fire extinguishers, fertilizers, cooking oil, used oil filters, motor gear oil, lube, latex paint, lead-based paint, pesticides/poison pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, miticides and fungicides.

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