Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 1, 2013

Hazardous, electronic items accepted at landfill this week

ASHLAND — Boyd County residents will have an opportunity Friday and Saturday to dispose of a variety of household waste items during the fall cleanup event at the Big Run Landfill.

The event will take place at the Princess-area landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday. Disposal is free to all Boyd County residents who must show proof of residency upon arrival at the landfill.

Steve Sturgill, Boyd County abatement officer, said the fall cleanup will offer a trio of services to residents, building on the successful spring cleanup.

Household hazardous materials including pesticides, paint, oil and other common household liquids will be accepted during the event. Those items will be collected by special contractors and recycled or properly disposed of, said Sturgill.  

The fall cleanup is the only time during the year residents can dispose of hazardous household items legally, and safely, said Sturgill.

“The landfill will not take liquids like that,” he said, “It has to be someone who is licensed to process and transport it.”

Electronic waste, including televisions, computers, cell phones, printers and other items will also be accepted at the clean up. Those items will be collected by another special contractor, Creative Recycling of Louisville, and also recycled, said Sturgill.

“The spring was sort of like a test to see if we should do it twice a year,” said Sturgill. “It looks like it would be worthwhile.” 

Jim Wheeler, Ashland’s solid waste director, said the electronic collection surpassed expectations in the spring. “It was a big hit,” he said, noting the number of large projection screen televisions almost “overwhelmed” organizers.

Also as part of the cleanup, residents will be able to dump junk, trash, wood, furniture and other items, free of charge at the landfill. Residents are limited to two truckloads per household, according to officials.

Sturgill and Wheeler reminded residents that current county laws require loads to be covered with a tarp during transport to the landfill. No tires, gas tanks or household garbage will be accepted.

Wheeler also cautioned residents to be on the lookout for  stopped traffic along U.S. 60 in the vicinity of the landfill. “Cleanup days are very, very busy,” he said.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or by email at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com 

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