If you have old paint, aerosol cans, household cleaners, car batteries, used motor oil, or a bottle of something that you just can’t identify, instead of throwing it away, bring it to amnesty day.
The Department of Public Works will hold its second Household Waste Amnesty Day as part of the Fort Benning Earth Day Fair April 21.
Waste and hazardous materials will be accepted from military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and family members living on and off post.
“Amnesty Day is geared toward households,” said Ted Williams, Fort Benning Environmental Management Division’s Hazardous Waste Manager. “Most people want to do the right thing for the environment and we are here to help.”
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Some items at the amnesty day may end up at the Material Recycling Facility in Harmony Church, which has an aggressive re-sell program, with proceeds benefiting MWR programs, Williams said.
Theresa Hamilton, DPW, said materials such as paints and adhesives could benefit units with small budgets who need the items. The hazardous material center runs a turn-in and reissue program that allows units to sign out materials at no cost.
“It reduces the amount of waste (the installation) generates,” she said.
If families miss amnesty day, Hamilton said the hazardous material and recycling centers are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brandon Braswell, the Fort Benning Earth Day coordinator, said the hazardous waste team will have an area set up to accept household waste items at the Earth Day Fair. The fair will be located in the field behind Faith Middle School, near the dog park and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
“We are very excited to be able to join the annual Household Waste Amnesty Day with our Earth Day Fair, since the goal of Earth Day is to educate the public about our earth and to inspire awareness of our environment and our responsibility to sustainability,” he said.
Each year, according the Environmental Protection Agency website, Americans generate millions of tons of waste in our homes and communities. EPA is challenging all citizens to conserve our natural resources by committing to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, in your community, and at the office.
“Whether you’re at home, in the office, or at school, there are many opportunities to go green by reducing, reusing, and recycling,” said Tannis Danley, air program manager for DPW. “We will have a number of educational booths at the Earth Day Fair this year, and encourage the community to come out and learn ways they can help make our environment more sustainable so it can be enjoyed by all.”
Items that will be accepted at the amnesty booth during Earth Day include: paints (latex, oil based, sealers, preservers); florescent light bulbs; batteries (NiCad, Lead Acid, Lithium, Mercury, Metal Hydride); pool chemicals; battery acid; drain cleaners; household cleaners; kerosene; lighter fluid; glues; adhesives; paint thinners and strippers; motor oil; brake fluid; antifreeze; transmission fluid; and other household related chemicals.
Items such as construction materials, ammunition, fireworks, automobile or marine parts, propane cylinders, tires, appliances, and electronics cannot be accepted. Many of these items can be turned in at the Materials Recycling Facility on Jamestown Road.
For more information on Household Waste Amnesty Day, call 706-545-1007 or 706-545-7570 or visit the Facebook page.