Annual Amnesty Day set April 26

MORROW — Check the garage and basement — it’s time to get rid of that stack of paint cans, batteries and other household hazardous waste sitting around, creating a toxic combination of vapors and chemicals.

Every year, Clayton County Water Authority allows residents to bring in those items and others to be disposed of properly. Best of all, the entire event is free and someone will even unload the items from vehicles for separation and disposal.

“Customers often have these items in stored in their garage or basement and aren’t really sure what to do with them,” sad Kevin Osbey, CCWA stormwater utility manager. “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.”

The April 26 event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine, at the W.B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility in Jonesboro. Participants should 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 Perma-Fix of South Georgia will unload the items directly from the vehicles and then separate and dispose of them properly.

Clayton County residents will be able to drop off latex and oil household paints, cooking oil and grease, bleaches and chlorine, pesticides and herbicides, solvents and sealers, automotive and household batteries, drain cleaners, paint thinners, wood strippers, motor oil, transmission and antifreeze, aerosols, fluorescent bulbs, oven cleaners, insect sprays and rodent killers, fire extinguishers, propane and butane tanks, over the counter medications and non-hazardous wastes such as cleaners, polishers and cosmetics.

The Clayton County Police Department will be on site to collect prescription medications and narcotics.

For more information, call 770-960-5200.