Don’t be trashy: DSWA to host free waste collection May 3

Date Published: 
May 2, 2014

Old floor wax. Copy machines without hope. Tax records from the late ’90s.

Spring cleaning can be like excavation, and a lot of that stuff needs to be tossed out properly. People can do that Saturday, May 3, at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s household hazardous waste collection day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Jones Crossroads Landfill in Georgetown will accept hazardous household waste, electronic goods for recycling and papers for shredding (up to two boxes per person).

“This is a great opportunity to take care of a lot of things in your house. We get a lot of calls from people” who just cleaned out their home or garage, said Sarah Culler, DSWA supervisor of education and outreach.

Workers will help unload cars (which doesn’t usually happen at the landfill), then begin sorting right away.

“When you come in, you’ll wait your turn, and you’ll drive right up,” Culler said. “Depending on the item you have, they’ll take it right off your hands for you.”

Electronics will be recycled, including computers, laptops, keyboards, cables, cameras, electronic toys, phones, stereos televisions and more. (These are regularly accepted for free at all facilities during business hours.)

Hazardous materials will be disposed of in a safe and proper manner. That includes bleach, mothballs, mercury thermometers, pool chemicals, paint and thinners, auto batteries, gunpowder and similar items.

The Clean Harbors company will help with sorting and paper shredding. That will let people dispose of confidential documents, such as bank statements, canceled checks, medical records, tax documents, bills and more, in a safe and private way.

“You want to protect yourself. More and more, people are able to take just the littlest bit of information about you and destroy you, basically. You want to protect your identity,” Culler said. “People can feel confident we have a professional company doing this … properly.”

Because landfills have limited space, she said ,recycling ensures that trash is handled in the most efficient way and items don’t take up unnecessary space from things that cannot be salvaged.

This is a free landfill event, but normally, “Everything is done by weight. When someone comes in, they drive over our scale” to determine the fee, Culler noted.

“White goods,” such as refrigerators, are not included in the free program.

Another such event will occur on Aug. 2.

Jones Crossroads Landfill is located at 28560 Landfill Lane, off Hardscrabble Road near Route 9. For more information, call 1-800-404-7080 or visit www.dswa.com.

Household hazardous waste

Household items

Full aerosol cans

Bleach

Chemistry kits

Nail polish/remover

Perfumes

Disinfectant

Drain cleaner

Floor wax

Mercury thermometers

Mothballs

Oven cleaner

Smoke detectors

Spot remover

Toilet cleaner

Garden Items

Fungicides

Herbicides

Pool chemicals

Automotive Items

Used mixed fuels

Antifreeze

Auto batteries

Degreasers

Waste gasoline/Kerosene

Workshop items

Corrosives

Paints (other than Latex)

Small compressed gas tanks

Solvents

Stains / Varnish

Strippers / Thinners

Wood preservatives

Explosives

Ammunition

Gunpowder

Fireworks

Electronic goods recycling

Equipment

Computer components or parts

Mainframe computers

Terminals

Printers

Personal computers

Monitors

Keyboards/Mice

Cables

Laptop/Tablet Computers

Electronic typewriters

Calculators

Toys

GameBoys

Electronic toys

Telecommunications equipment

Telephone systems

Terminals

Telex

Facsimile

Pay telephones

Cordless/Cellular phones

Answering machines

Radio, Television, Electroacoustic

Radios

Televisions

Video cameras

Tape recorders

Audio amplifiers

VCRs

Cassette / Record players