Hanover working to educate public on hazardous waste disposal

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Before you throw away that old motor oil or paint, think of the impact on the environment.  That's the message behind a new program to dispose of hazardous material.

A lot of people don't know that or how to get rid of hazardous materials around their homes. Hanover county leaders are hoping new tanks at convenience centers will help educate the public.

From vegetable to motor oil, many of the items on the list could harm the environment.  Hanover County leaders hope new yellow bins at the front of the convenience centers will help people choose the right option, instead of putting hazardous materials in the trash, down the drain or in the yard.

Hanover County Chief of Solid Waste Operations Steve Chidsey says, "these are a lot of toxic materials, a lot of things that can get into the water stream, and we don't want that to happen, so we just want people to be aware that this opportunity exists and in a way that's good for the environment."

Attendants here help Hanover residents like Debra Warriner figure out what goes where.  She stopped by needing to get rid of anti-freeze and transmission fluid and was delighted to see so many options.

Warriner says, "this is the best feature ever. This is the most wonderful service they could ever do for our county and our state, and I wish everybody did this, this is just terrific."

There's even a way to make latex paint solid, so it doesn't hurt the environment.  And this is not just in Hanover, the entire region is working to make people more aware of what's around their house.

Bernie Harris, Chief Operations manage for CVWMA, "a lot of the materials that you have, you'd be surprised if you read the packaging of what in it and the proper disposal. Paints and all kinds of materials like that, any kind of cleaning materials.  All those things are hazardous and need to be properly disposed of."

Within the next month, you'll find tanks at all of the Hanover County convenience centers. These are already in place at the Mechanicsville location.

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