2015-10-02 / Community

Sustainable SoPo

Drop off household hazardous waste on Oct. 10

Drop off items at O’Neil Street facility in South Portland, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

South Portland’s annual household hazardous waste drop-off event is happening 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at public works, 42 O’Neil St.

This is a great chance to rid yourself, for free, of all that stuff that gives you grief because you know it shouldn’t go in the trash, and definitely shouldn’t be dumped out behind the garage. There just never seems to be an easy way to do the right thing and dispose of it properly, like the directions in small print on the back of the can say to do.

We’re talking about the stuff that sometimes get squirreled away because we don’t want small children to get into it, the stuff that you would love to see disappear from under the sink, the basement, the closet or garage. This includes pesticides, oil paints, fluorescent light bulbs, spot remover and leftover driveway sealer, and a long list of other troublesome items. The city’s website, www.southportland.org, has more information. Go to the South Portland Public Works Department page and click on the “Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day” link.

The event flier has an impressive list of items that they’ll take at the drop-off event. It doesn’t look like much is missing from the list. Alas, you might notice that there is a second list of items that you shouldn’t bring. Don’t despair. There are easy ways to get rid of those items, too. The transfer facility on Highland Avenue takes propane grill cylinders, and the police department will accept ammunition and fireworks in addition to old medicines and pills.

I’m sure there are other items out there that need to be properly disposed of. My first suggestion is to call the public works department to ask for guidance on a particular item. A second idea is to search online for companies that will accept your item for recycle. There are plenty of options out there.

If you happen to run out of time to round-up your household hazardous waste and get it to O’Neil Street on Oct. 10, Riverside Recycling Facility on Riverside Street in Portland accepts household hazardous waste on the first Saturday of the month (April through November). Check the Riverside Recycling Facility’s website for more information.

South Portland Energy and Recycling Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at the South Portland Community Center. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

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