Hartington – Homes with hazardous or electronic waste have an opportunity to safely dispose of it this Friday and Saturday at several locations.
Niobrara, Hartington, Osmond and Neligh will all host Household Waste & Electronic Waste Events. Participants can dispose of a myriad of materials that need special disposal procedures. The Cost is $10 per vehicle and an additional $10 per television.
On Friday, Niobrara will hold it’s event at the Ponca Tribal Headquarters from 1-3 p.m. and Hartington’s will be at the Transfer Station/Recycling Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. On Saturday, households can bring their waste to south Osmond by the dump grounds from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and the Transfer Station/Recycling Center in Neligh from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Only households may bring their waste, no businesses.
If these materials find their way into landfills or are just dumped, they can pollute the ground, water and air. Northeast Nebraska RC & D financial manager, Dick Haskin encourages people with this type of waste to do the responsible thing.
“It’s very important not to just throw these things in ditches, and the companies that we use properly recycle these-they’re licensed through the federal government to do the recycling,” Haskin said.
Hazardous household waste includes:
- Latex & oil-based paints
- Cleaning chemicals
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Yard and garden chemicals
- Mercury and mercury containing devices, including compact florescent bulbs
Electronic waste includes:
- Computer equipment and peripherals
- Consumer electronics including cell phones, stereo systems, etc.
Tires, appliances, PCBs, picric acid, science lab materials, radioactive materials, and biological hazards will not be taken.
Waste collection is something the Northeast Nebraska RC & D tries to do every couple years, and last year they collected over 4 tons of hazardous household waste and 4.5 tons of electronics, according to Haskin.
“There is definitely a huge demand for this and to be able to keep these (things) out of the landfills is very important,” Haskin said.
The event is funded in part by the host communities, Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Cedar County, Northeast Nebraska RC & D Council, and a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.