The Thompson-Nicola Regional District is getting ready to host four free Household Hazardous Waste Round-Ups this year as part of efforts to help residents properly dispose of materials that are toxic, corrosive, reactive or ignitable. The first two events take place Saturday, May 4, in Chase and Cache Creek, and on May 11 in Merritt.
Also on Saturday, May 11, a Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up will be held in Barriere. The Barriere event takes place at the Louis Creek Eco-Depot, 4077 Agate Bay Road., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This type of waste should not be disposed of with your regular garbage because it is dangerous and harmful to the environment when buried in a landfill,” said Jamie Vieira, TNRD Environmental Services Supervisor. “This is why we’re offering the free service, allowing residents to get rid of these difficult to dispose of hazardous materials.”
Examples of hazardous materials include: adhesives, aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, corrosive/toxic liquids, gasoline, kerosene, mercury and mercury containing items (i.e. old thermostats), paint, paint thinner, PCB ballasts, pesticide/ herbicides, pool chemicals, propane tanks, oil, oil filters and plastic oil containers, cleaners, compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, fluorescent light tubes, fertilizer, expired fire extinguishers, grease and tar.