The Jessamine County Environmental Services’ “2012 Fall Haul” event will offer county residents free disposal of hazardous household waste Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jessamine County Convenience Center, located at 123 Hendren Way in Nicholasville.
During the event, hazardous items such as paint, paint thinner, antifreeze, pesticides, pool cleaners, electronic waste and more will be accepted. A full list of acceptable items will be posted on www.jessamineco.com and the “Jessamine County, Kentucky” Facebook page.
According to director of public services Mike Cassidy, a large number of everyday household materials should be considered hazardous — including some unexpected items such as moth balls, kitchen and bathroom cleaning materials, and even arts-and-crafts supplies.
“A lot of people have cans of old paint sitting around in sheds or basements that they need to get rid of, so that’s always at the top of the list of what we take in during Fall Haul, but we also get some pretty unusual items,” Cassidy said. “Last year, a woman brought in a milk jug full of some type of substance — she wasn’t sure what it was, and it turned out that it was a gallon of mercury.”
Cassidy said the program gives residents a way to dispose of chemicals safely.
“Fall Haul helps make sure that substances like these are disposed of properly and safely and that they don’t end up in our streams and other water sources,” Cassidy said. “I’d advise everyone who thinks that they might have a substance that could be harmful to the environment, even if it’s something they aren’t sure about, to bring it in.”
This year’s Fall Haul will be funded by Kentucky’s Division of Waste Management and Jessamine County Fiscal Court.
For more information, call Jessamine County Environmental Services at 859-881-4545.