The 12th edition Ste. Genevieve County Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Day is scheduled for Saturday.
From 8 a.m. to noon, residents of Ste. Geneviève will be able to safely recycle some common household items that are difficult to dispose of. Ste. Genevieve Recycling Center, located at 17690 US Highway 61 in Ste. Geneviève, will accept most basic household items free of charge while some electronic waste will have a fee.
Regional environmental manager Andy Horrell explained that this allows homeowners to safely remove waste from common household items that otherwise could not be disposed of. All items are collected under the community waste code which provides a very specific exemption for homeowners but does not allow commercial waste to be accepted by the recycling plant as they have their own guidelines and means of dealing with waste for reports.
“This is an exemption that was put in place so that landlords and communities can manage waste in your garage or basement,” Horrell said.
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Acceptable household items include acids, spray adhesives, antifreeze, batteries, brake fluid, cleaning fluids, corrosives, disinfectants, fluorescent light bulbs, furniture polish, herbicides, household chemicals, inks, insecticides and pesticides, lubricants, moth balls, paints, paint thinners, paint strippers, photochemicals, swimming pool chemicals, turpentine, used motor oil, any type varnish, stain or lacquer, waste liquid fuels and wood preservatives.
Electronic waste, including computers, appliances, televisions, are all accepted. Holcim will cover the cost for the first television or monitor per household, but additional monitors can be brought to the recycling center for an additional fee. Computer cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors cost $5 each, CRT televisions 26 inches or smaller cost $30 each while those 27 inches or larger cost $50 each. The wooden console, large screens, and projection TVs are also $50 each.
Some items will not be accepted due to the nature of the item and should not be brought to the recycling center. These items include commercial and industrial waste, ammunition, biological and pathological waste including syringes, explosives, fireworks, asbestos-containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste, any anything radioactive, including smoke detectors, propane and compressed fuel tanks, and tires.
Last year, Recycling Day received nearly six tons of hazardous waste, two tons of non-hazardous waste and 30.7 tons of electron waste diverted from local landfills.
For questions or additional information, Holcim can be contacted at 636-524-8425. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources helped partially fund the event.
Danielle Thurman is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at [email protected] or 573-518-3616.