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Grant supports hazardous waste day disposal event
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 21, 2017 | 964 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is granting $25,000 to support another hazardous waste day disposal event for Alcorn County and Corinth.

It is scheduled to be held on Sept. 23 at the transfer station operated by Waste Connections off South Harper Road at 2610 Getwell Road.

Last fall’s event had 344 cars drive through the collection center, more than doubling the traffic from the prior year. Residents get the opportunity to dispose of things such as outdated electronics, motor oil, old paint cans and insecticides that are otherwise difficult to properly throw away.

Last fall, old TVs, computers, VCRs and other electronics totaling 24,028 pounds filled a semi trailer and a half.

The second-biggest category was chemicals, totaling 3,491 pounds. That included 716 pounds of aerosols; 294 pounds of oxidizers; 2,094 pounds of poisons; 239 pounds of corrosives; 10 pounds of mercury; 92 pounds of batteries; and 46 pounds of compact fluorescent light bulbs, which contain mercury.

Residents also turned in 1,646 linear feet of fluorescent bulbs; 1,180 gallons of oil; 362 tires; and enough paint to fill a 30-yard container.

Keep Corinth-Alcorn Beautiful presents the event with local partners.

The solid waste assistance grant program can support efforts to prevent and clean up unauthorized dumps; to aid in hiring local solid waste enforcement officer; public education efforts on solid waste disposal and recycling; and to establish programs for the collection of white goods, bulky wastes and recyclables.
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