More than 680 cars drop off hazardous waste and electronics at warehouse

The Keep Columbus Beautiful commission’s event today to collect household hazardous waste and electronics brought 682 cars by day’s end.

That’s up from 450 cars at the bi-annual city project’s last event in 2008.

The city project for Muscogee County citizens is meant to promote recycling and avoid throwing harmful household waste and electronic equipment into landfills.

Organizers and volunteers said common items brought for disposal included paints, pesticides and computers.

Shelva Smith, 80, brought about 35 five-gallon buckets of paint and several more one-gallon buckets for proper disposal. He owns land in south Columbus and wanted to get rid of buckets that were left on his property.

“I don’t think I should have a hole dug and bury it. It would seep out,” he said. “I figured this was the best way and safest way to get rid of it.”

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