Storm Water Committee hosts Recycling event May 6
HAMMOND---Hammond’s Storm Water Advisory Committee will hold its annual general recycling event on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until noon at Zemurray Park.
Robert Morgan, the city’s Public Works Director and chairman of the advisory committee, said that the group has retained the services of several professional companies to assure that materials are properly collected and recycled when possible.
Among the household waste products that can be accepted will be: flammable paints-liquids, oil based paint, used petroleum oils, anti-freeze, pesticides and herbicides, aerosols, propane bottles, moth balls, disinfectants, cooking oil, cleaners, pool cleaners, bleach, degreasers, corrosive cleaners and lighter fluid.
Morgan stressed that all hazardous materials must be clearly labeled and in the original container for acceptance at the recycling day.
Also acceptable for recycling will be fluorescent, high intensity discharge, U-tube, shatter shield, colored and rapid start light bulbs. The following batteries can be recycled at the event: mixed batteries, alkaline and carbon-zinc, lead-acid, lithium, mercury, nickel-metal hydride, nickel-cadmium and silver-oxide.
A wide variety of computers, televisions and electronics will be accepted for recycling. Among these items are: computers, computer accessories such as keyboards, mouse, speakers, etc., laptops, telephones, security systems, cell phones and bag phones, DVD movies and video games, MP3 players, Xboxes and play stations, digital cameras, stereos, networking equipment, Fax machines, circuit boards, processors, monitors, televisions, printers, toner cartridges, and portable navigations and GPS devices.
Automobile, truck and recreational vehicle tires will also be accepted. Tires must be off the rim and a limit of five tires per household will be imposed.
Greg Shelden, coordinator of the event, reminds the public that only household wastes can be accepted. “We are not equipped to take huge amounts of materials…this is primarily a household recycling event,” he said.
The committee has been holding regular recycling sessions since November of 2004 and the events have resulted in tons of materials either being recycled or disposed of in the proper manner. Shelden said that 214 tons of materials have either been recycled or properly disposed of since the program began. “It’s hard to believe, but we have recycled about 1,000 pounds of light bulbs, more than three tons of electronic equipment, more than a ton of waste oil…the list goes on and on. Our committee believes that we are doing a public service by ridding the community of hazardous waste and other products through our recycling days,” Shelden said.
Morgan said that the following items will not be accepted: ammunition and explosives, gasoline and diesel, fireworks, non-residential waste, radioactive devices, large gas cylinders such as helium, Freon or acetylene, styrofoam, construction debris, furniture, appliances, power tools, all liquids in containers larger than five gallons, school lab waste, fire extinguishers, medical waste and medicines, copiers, latex paint and more than five tires of any type.
Volunteer will help direct the flow of traffic onto the site and supervise the proper disposal of items brought to the collection center. Those bringing materials to the collection site will enter Zemurray Park at the South Oak Street gate and will continue to their left to collection stations located at the rear of the park. Vehicles will be directed to exit the park at the Coleman Street exit.
Assisting the Storm Water Advisory Committee on Recycling Day will be Keep Hammond Beautiful, the Hammond Garden Club, the Student Section of the American Society of Safety Engineers from Southeastern Louisiana University, students enrolled in the Department of Chemistry at SLU, SLU industrial technology interns, workers in Hammond’s Street Department and other volunteers interested in helping to improve the environment in this area.
“We want to emphasize just how important this project is,” Shelden said. He pointed out that many citizens have accumulated wastes that are not designed for disposal in the landfill such as oil, paint, light bulbs, tires and electronic equipment.
“Some of the waste can be recycled, but whether its recycled or not, this is the perfect way to get rid of potentially hazardous materials that would otherwise pollute our environment if not properly disposed,” he added.