County collecting household hazmat

Published 10:18 am Friday, April 21, 2017

Hit a spring cleaning snag? Find an unexpected stash of paint, household cleaners or other things that can’t go in the trash?

Help is coming Saturday morning as Clark County hosts a household hazardous waste round-up at the county road department, 5 Hopkins Lane. The round-up is open to Clark County residents from 8:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

Clark County Solid Waste Coordinator Gary Epperson said the program is funded by a state grant.

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“This is the third or fourth time,” he said. “I’ve already put in an application for next year.”

The round-up is open to residents only; waste will not be accepted from businesses, or commercial or agricultural operations.

Last year, Epperson said about 70 truckloads of items were turned in.

“I’d like to see it around 100,” he said.

Epperson said the items will be collected and handled by a hazardous-waste trained contractor.

The list of accepted items is long, from mothballs, ammonia and mercury-filled thermometers to rodent poison, drain cleaners, paint thinners and pool chemicals.  Prohibited items are few: latex paint, electronic scrap, smoke detectors, cylinders, metal drums or barrels, unknown or radioactive material, ammunition, explosives or tile. 

For more information, go to or call 737-0303 or 745-7415.

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