Another Eco-Depot hazardous househeld waste collection day for East Bay residents will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, in Bristol.
The Bristol Department of Public Works, 111 Mount Hope Ave. is the drop-off point. It runs from 8 am to 1 pm.
You can bring all of your oil-based paints, gasoline, lawn chemicals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, anti-freeze, motor oil, mercury, batteries, car batteries, light bulbs, propane tanks, swimming pool chemicals and other hazardous materials to the DPW facility.
Eco-Depot is a free service of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. Safely disposing of hazardous waste helps to protect waterways, soil and households from accidental contamination. It is against the law to discard these products in the trash or, worse, dispose of them by pouring them into storm drains. The average household stores about 10 gallons of common hazardous waste.
By using the Eco-Depot program, you can also extend the life of the Central Landfill in Johnston and reduce the toxicity of trash deposited there.
A complete list of the hazardous materials can be found on the Resource Recovery website along with other information about the Eco-Depot program, which began in 2001. Since then, the program has properly disposed of nearly 7 million pounds of household hazardous waste, in addition to about 6,400 pounds of mercury.
Materials discarded through Eco-Depot are disposed of by a licensed HHW vendor using environmentally safe procedures. Many materials are recycled and put back to good use.
Click here for more information from the RI Resource Recovery Corporation.