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Hazardous household disposal day March 20

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Acceptable items

Acids, antifreeze, appliances, batteries, car batteries, cleaners, electronics, fluorescents, Freon, fuel tanks, oil base paint, paint remover, paint thinner, pesticides, smoke detectors, tires, and used oil (maximum 5 gallons per vehicle).

For prescription and over the counter drugs, residents should: Remove pills/capsules/tablets from their containers and put them into a zip-top bag. Liquids, salves, ointments, and aerosols can stay in their original container, and after tightening the cap, enclose them in a zip-top bag.

Non-acceptable items

Ammunition, asbestos, commercial (business) waste, commercial vehicle tires (tractors, tractor trailer, and heavy equipment), explosives, fireworks, propane tanks, home-generated medical waste, latex paint, household garbage, items in plastic trash bags, radioactive waste, or any other material or items not included in the "acceptable item" list above.

PRESCOTT - Prescott residents will be able to dispose of their hazardous household waste for free next month in the City of Prescott's annual disposal day.

The household hazardous waste disposal day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at the city's transfer station, 2800 Sundog Ranch Road.

Prescott Field and Facilities Services Director Stephanie Miller told the council on Tuesday, Feb. 16, that the event would no longer accept latex paint - one of the major items collected in previous years.

Noting that latex paint is not a hazardous material, Miller said, "It's very expensive for us to collect it, so we've decided not to do it."

In a news release, the city alerted residents that instead of bringing latex paint to the disposal day, they should take steps throughout the year for the proper reuse, disposal, and recycling, including:

• Purchase the correct amount of paint for each painting job. Measure the walls and multiply the length by the height to estimate the square footage, subtracting for doors and windows. A gallon of paint will cover approximately 350 square feet with a single coat of paint.

• Properly store unused paint by covering the opening of the paint can, and assuring the lid is completely sealed around all edges of the can. Store the paint in a place where it will not get too hot or freeze.

• Mix and reuse leftover paint. Latex paints can be combined and used as a base coat or primer for paint jobs.

• Dispose of excess paint by drying out before disposal or mixing absorbent material (i.e., cat litter) into the paint container until all liquid is absorbed. Only dry paint may be placed into trash containers.

Proof of residency within the City of Prescott is required for the free disposal day. A driver's license or utility bill must be provided, according to a city news release.

The city reminds people to contain and cover all loads when transporting to the Transfer Station.

The City Council unanimously approved a $70,000 contract with Stericycle, Inc., to handle the hazardous waste disposal day.

A memo for the council states that "unused household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be household hazardous waste." The free disposal day is offered "in order to provide safe disposal option for city residents," the memo adds.

More information is available by contacting the City of Prescott Transfer Station at (928) 777-1116.

IF YOU GO

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at the city's transfer station, 2800 Sundog Ranch Road.