Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility Opens
The Cameron Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Storage Facility opened on May 9th. The facility is open from 8:00 am –12:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.
The facility will operate from May through October. The facility is located at 1100 West Eighth Street. The location is behind the Water Plant with the entrance off of 8th Street.
There is no charge to utilize this service. It is open to residents of Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton and DeKalb Counties. The City of Cameron has partnered with Region D Recycling & Waste Management District for the support of the facility with district solid waste management funds.
HHW items accepted for recycling include: batteries, varnishes, cleaners, pesticides, garden sprays, brake fluid, antifreeze, and fluorescent bulbs. Outdated agricultural chemicals will also be accepted for proper disposal (no containers over 5 gallons).
Please note the following restrictions:
No business waste will be accepted, no containers over 5 gallons, no items are to be dropped off early.
No latex paint, ammunition, or explosives. See below methods for proper disposal of latex paint. Also please note Motor Oil will not be accepted for recycling. Please recycle your used motor oil at Wal-Mart Automotive Centers and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Stores. For additional motor oil recycling centers call the Recycling District Office at 816-393-5250. Please consider safe alternatives for non-hazard paint and batteries as listed below.
Also note the following instructions:
Latex paint can safely be dried at home by mixing one part paint to one part kitty litter. Mix in the can until oatmeal consistency. Allow the paint and cat litter to sit for one hour before putting in with your regular household trash. Leave the lid off. If you have more than a half a can, line a cardboard box with newspaper, add kitty litter and then slowly add paint, then add more kitty litter, carefully stir and let dry, then deposit with your household trash. Also, check your local paint, hardware stores as they may sell at a very reasonable cost (approximately $2 per gallon) waste paint additives for drying waste paint for disposal.
Alkaline batteries (A, AA, AAA, C & D) are composed primarily of common metals – steel, zinc, and manganese and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. Alkaline battery manufacturers have eliminated mercury in the manufacture of alkaline batteries, making them safe for disposal in household trash. It is important to not dispose of alkaline batteries in a group, as grouping used batteries together can bring these live batteries into contact with one another, creating a safety risk. The safest thing to do is to discard the used batteries in the trash when they are taken out of a device to put in new batteries. Taping the ends of batteries when disposing in groups will eliminate any risk.