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Residents can get rid of items free during Amnesty Day

It’s time to drag out those old paint cans, worn-out batteries and useless fire extinguishers, and properly dispose of them, for free, during the Clayton County Water Authority’s Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day.

The annual event will be held April 28, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., rain or shine, said Water Authority Spokeswoman Suzanne Brown.

“Spring is here, and it is time to clean out the old paint, batteries, cleaners or other household hazardous waste that is taking up space in your garage or basement,” she said.

The authority’s Stormwater Management Utility is hosting the annual event for Clayton County residents at the W.B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility in Jonesboro. Participants will enter at 8890 Roberts Road, off of Flint River Road, and will need to show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a water bill.

Contractor Care Environmental Inc., will unload the items directly from the vehicles and then separate and dispose of them properly, said Brown.

Stormwater Utility Manager Kevin Osbey said this is the perfect time for residents to get rid of items they may have stored because of the difficulty in properly disposing of them.

“Customers often have these items stored in their garage or basement and aren’t really sure what to do with them,” said Osbey. “Our Amnesty Day event gives our customers the opportunity to drop off these items, free of charge, so that we can safely dispose of them and keep them out of our landfill and local creeks.”

Clayton County residents will be able to drop off the following items free of charge:

• Latex and oil household paints                

• Cooking oil or grease

• Bleaches and chlorine

• Pesticides and herbicides

• Solvents and sealers

• Automotive and household batteries

• Drain cleaners

• Paint thinner

• Wood strippers

• Motor Oil, transmission fluid and antifreeze

• Aerosols

• Fluorescent bulbs

• Oven cleaners

• Insect sprays and rodent killers

• Fire extinguishers

• Propane and butane tanks

• Over-the-counter and prescription medications

• Non-hazardous wastes such as cleaners, polishers and cosmetics

The Clayton County Police Department will be on site again this year to collect prescription medications and any narcotics that are dropped off, and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will provide traffic control for the event, said Brown.

Safe Kids of Clayton County will distribute safety information.

Volunteers for the event will include the Lovejoy High School JROTC, Keep Forest Park Beautiful, and the Jonesboro Kiwanis Club.

For more information, visit www.ccwa.us, or call (770) 961-2130, ext. 5510.