The Kenai Peninsula Borough provides free household hazardous waste collection four times a year at the Seward Transfer Facility located at the end of Dimond Blvd. Bring your household hazardous waste on Saturday, January 25 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The next collection date is May17. Household collection is free; businesses and organizations should call Emerald at 1-877-375-5040 ahead of time to let them know what to expect.
Many home improvement projects result in hazardous waste such as extra or old paint, varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, caulk, wood preservatives, and adhesives.
These products are all household hazardous waste that should NOT go in the trash can. But if you paint, varnish, or stain an old board and let it dry it’s no longer a hazard and can be safely disposed with the regular trash.
Maintaining a vehicle generates used motor oil, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, car wax and cleaners, lead-acid batteries, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. Hazardous waste again.
Insecticide and insect repellent, weed killers, rodent poison, pet spray and dip, mothballs, and disinfectants are all household hazardous waste. Old cleaning supplies are hazardous waste too: furniture polish and wax, drain opener, oven cleaner, tub and tile cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, spot remover, bleach, and ammonia. Any product that contains words like “danger, explosive, poison, flammable, caution, corrosive, warning!” should be handled with care and treated as hazardous waste.
Fluorescent bulbs, the long tubes, and compact fluorescent bulbs, the spirals, are also hazardous waste that are accepted at the quarterly event.
Small quantities of creosote and other treated wood from residents is also accepted. Businesses with large quantities should contact Emerald Alaska.
For more information contact Emerald Alaska at 1-877-375-5040, the Seward Transfer Facility at 224-5327, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667 or on the web at www.borough.kenai.ak.us/solidwaste.
Thanks to a grant for a cool machine from Holland America, the City of Seward provides fluorescent tube recycling, not compact fluorescent bulbs, the first Friday of every month at the shed north of City Hall from 3 to 4 pm. The next collection day is February 7.
Help keep our beautiful community clean and healthy by selecting less hazardous products for your needs, and by taking advantage of these free quarterly hazardous waste recycling events.
Submitted by Carol Griswold