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Posted: September 11, 2014

Household Hazardous Waste Round Ups a first

East Kootenay residents will be able to rid their garages, laundry rooms and basements of those unwanted, unused and hard-to-get-rid-of household hazardous wastes at the Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Round Ups.

“There are all kinds of products that do not fall under any of the provincial recycling programs, but that people don’t feel right about throwing in the garbage. Those products often end up sitting in a garage or basement collecting dust,” explains Environmental Services Manager, Kevin Paterson. “These Round Ups are aimed precisely at collecting those products so that they can be safely disposed of or recycled and we hope to see people get on board and participate.”

“We are grateful to have Newalta and the Product Care Association as participating partners and will be taking a wide range of different things,” Paterson added.

There will be three round ups held this month:

RDEK FernieTSSaturday, September 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Invermere Public Works Yard (Industrial Rd #1);

Saturday, September 20 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 
Fernie Transfer Station (6000 Highway 3);

Sunday, September 21 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cranbrook Transfer Station (2405 22nd St. N)

Residents can visit the RDEK’s website www.rdek.bc.ca to view details about the Round Ups and get a complete list of acceptable products, which includes everything from shoe polish, hair spray and oven cleaner to pool chemicals, mercury, paint, fungicides and more.

This is a residential household hazardous waste event; so only household products will be accepted.

“We often get calls from people who have a cleaning product or an old jar of something in their garage and nowhere to safely get rid of them. That’s why we’ve organized this event and why we are encouraging people to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of all those products they have sitting around,” Paterson said.


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