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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center Expands Hours
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center
June 1, 2009 - The City of Knoxville’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the City Solid Waste Management Facility Transfer Station, located at 1033 Elm Street, will be expanding its operating hours starting on July 6.

The new operating times will be the same as the existing hours of the Solid Waste Management Facility Transfer Station, which includes being open on Mondays providing additional residential access to the center. Residents of the City of Knoxville and Knox County can drop off hazardous household materials for free at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.

The Public Service Department’s decision to expand the hours reflects an increasing demand by citizens to use the facility.

“During the past year requests to have the center open at the same time as the Transfer Station have grown along with our citizens’ increasing awareness about the environment and need to help do something to protect it,” said John Homa, the City of Knoxville’s Solid Waste Project Manager. “Once these hazardous materials get into our landfills there is a possibility, in the future, for them to leach out into our water streams or get into the atmosphere causing possible health risks and damage to the environment.”

Homa said the new Center hours will be:

Mon - Tue - Thur - Fri: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 7:00 am - 12 Noon
Sat: 8:00 am - 12 Noon
The center will be closed on Sundays

Materials that are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center range from adhesives, air conditioners (small window units), automotive oil and fuel (10 gal. limit per day), computers (2 systems per resident), fluorescent tubes & compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs) to paint (20 gal. limit per day per container size) propane cylinders and window washer fluid.

Items that are not accepted range from ammunition, medical waste, materials generated by any type of business (commercial hazardous waste) to radioactive waste (including smoke detectors).

For a complete list and directions to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center see the City of Knoxville web page at: http://www.cityofknoxville.org/solidwaste/hazwaste.asp




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