East Baton Rouge Parish residents can drop off household hazardous materials for safe disposal at the upcoming Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on Saturday, December 15, from 9 am until 1 pm at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Residents should enter the drive-through drop-off site from Scenic Highway at Foss Street. Police officers will be on hand to keep traffic moving steadily.
This event is only for the collection of residential household hazardous materials, and will not accept materials generated by businesses and other commercial sources, or by people who live outside East Baton Rouge Parish.
All vehicles entering the drop-off site will be stopped to verify that the occupants are East Baton Rouge residents. In addition, the items to be dropped off will also be checked to make sure they are among the household hazardous materials that are accepted at the event.
The following household hazardous materials will be accepted: fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil paint and paint products, automobile tires, auto products including used oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, diesel, oil and fuel filters; cooking oil; fluorescent tubes, ballasts and compact fluorescent bulbs; lead acid, nickel-cadmium and alkaline batteries; stereos and televisions. To be accepted, liquids should be in labeled, closed containers holding five gallons or less.
Electronics accepted include: ink cartridges, phones, fax machines, computer and computer components, flat screen monitors, wires and laptops.
Items that will not be accepted include: ammunition, explosives, fireworks, non-residential waste, radioactive devices (smoke/fire/detectors), large gas cylinders such as helium, acetylene or Freon, Styrofoam peanuts, school lab waste, fire extinguishers, appliances (white goods) or furniture, copiers, construction and demolition debris, asbestos-containing building materials, biomedical hazardous material.
A complete list of items accepted at the event can be found at www.brla.gov/recycle.
Household hazardous materials, when improperly managed, can threaten the safety of workers collecting our trash and negatively impact almost every aspect of the environment, polluting the our air, water and soil.
Over the past 28 years, East Baton Rouge residents have safely disposed of over three million pounds of household hazardous materials through local collections like the one that will be held on December 15.
Although latex paint is not considered hazardous, it is one of the main materials brought to the collection for disposal. As an alternative, residents can safely dispose of small amounts of left-over latex paint by mixing it with equal parts kitty litter, allowing it to dry out, and then placing the can in their garbage cart. Habitat for Humanity also accepts full or partially full cans of Latex Paint, and full, unopened, undamaged cans of Oil Paint year round. Call Habitat for Humanity at (225) 315-0127 for details. For further information on safe paint disposal, visit www.brgov.com/recycle.
Sponsors and Partners: City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge: Department of Environmental Services, Recycling Division, Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazardous Materials Division, Baton Rouge City Police, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Stericycle Environmental Solutions, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC), Habitat for Humanity, Republic Services, EMR, The East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Interstate Batteries of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Parks Commission (BREC), Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company, WAFB-TV, The Advocate, Talk 107.3FM, Whole Foods, American Recovery and WRKF-FM.
For more information, contact the City-Parish Recycling Office at (225) 389-5194, or visit www.brla.gov/recycle to view a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable household hazardous materials.