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									                              PRESS RELEASE




                              CITY OF BRISTOL
                              PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
                              SOLID WASTE DIVISION
                              2125 Shakesville Rd., Bristol, Virginia 24201
                              (276) 645-3791, Fax (276) 591-5237
                              http://www.bristolva.org/EVENTS.HTM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2009

For more information contact:
City of Bristol, Virginia, Public Works Department, Solid Waste Division
Mark Campbell, Environmental & Safety Compliance Officer
(276) 645-3788

   City of Bristol, Virginia Plans Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on
                             Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are those wastes produced in our households that
are hazardous in nature, but are not regulated as hazardous waste, under federal and state
laws. Each person in the United States produces an average of four pounds of HHW each
year for a total of about 530,000 tons/yr. Included are such items as old paints and paint
related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, and degreasers and other car
care products. Such consumer waste products, if carelessly disposed can, and frequently
do, create environmental and public health hazards. This is an opportunity to rid your
home or small business of household hazardous materials that cannot be reused, recycled,
or should not be disposed of with your everyday trash.

While a modern sanitary landfill is constructed to protect groundwater and soil from
contamination by these products, there is some potential for damaging the liners or
leachate collection system if acids and caustic chemicals accumulate from regular trash
collections. In addition, when residential garbage is collected, it is compacted in the
collection truck to make room for more garbage. When compacted, chemical containers
can break and their contents can mix with other chemicals. Depending on the chemicals
involved, the resulting reaction may create toxic smoke, fumes, and fires which could
injure collection workers, family members, neighbors, pets, and the environment.
Household chemicals are regularly poured into sewers, poured out onto soil, and disposed
of in landfills. Even those containers that are safely stored can, over time, corrode and
rot and begin to leak, making their removal and disposal difficult and expensive. The
potential for exposure to people, animals, and contaminating the environment increases
with each passing day.

The City of Bristol Virginia, Public Works Department, Solid Waste Division is
sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Public Works Facility
located at 2103 Shakesville Road on Saturday, October 24, 2005. The event will take
place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ONLY. The event is open to Residents and Small
Businesses of Bristol, Virginia ONLY. Call (276) 645-3791 for directions or more event
information.

Types of materials that will be accepted are:

       Antifreeze             Paint & Thinners             Herbicides
       Aerosols               Pool Chemicals               Mercury Debris
       Cleaners               Used Oil                     Gasoline
       Adhesives              Solvents                     Kerosene
       Batteries              Propane Tanks                Pesticides
       Fertilizers            Electronics                  Light Bulbs

All acceptable wastes should be:

      Limited to 5 gallons to 75 pounds of material from any given vehicle on any
       given day;
      Delivered in structurally sound and sealed containers; and
      Delivered in labeled containers (when possible) or contents known to the
       individual bringing in waste.

Household hazardous waste will be accepted from Bristol, Virginia Residents and Small
Businesses ONLY. The following wastes will not be accepted:

               Ammunition                           Asbestos Materials
               Commercial Hazardous Waste           Explosives
               Prescription Drugs                   Radioactive Materials

Household hazardous waste collection events are held the 2nd Saturday in May and the 4th
Saturday in October from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

								
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