Free Clean-up event in Shelby County this weekend


July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Area Solid Waste Agency is sponsoring a Free Cleanup Crew Event this weekend. Residents of Shelby County can dispose of household hazardous waste from their homes at the Shelby County Secondary Roads Department on Industrial Parkway in Harlan from 8am to 11 on Saturday. Dan Ahart, Director for the Solid Waste Agency says residents can bring a wide range of waste. “Things that are in your garage or basement, under your sink, even pesticides or herbicides. I do want to emphasize no latex paints.”

He says the reason why the Waste agency won’t take latex paint is because consumers can dispose of that at home. “Latex paint is something households can dispose of on their own. You can use kitty litter, floor dry by stirring it up in the paint and dispose of as regular waste. Another good way to do it is pour it on old carpet and then when it dries, dispose of the carpet.”

Other items which will not be accepted include ammunition, explosives, asbestos, radioactive materials and non-hazardous waste. Ahart says you don’t even need to sort the materials. “We take boxes that have household wastes and regular garbage and will sort it. It all goes into the proper containers and disposed of by Metro Waste who we have a contract with.”

If you have questions on this Saturday’s Free Cleanup Crew Event hosted by the Shelby County Area Waste Agency, contact Dan Ahart at 712-755-5954.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)