Spring Cleaning? Hazardous Household Waste Day, Community Pride Week, Operation Medicine Cabinet

Published Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

By Jesse Wood

Originally published April 19, 2013. The end of April and beginning of May will be a good time to do a little spring cleaning around the house and property with Household Hazardous Waste Day, Community Pride Week and Operation Medicine Cabinet taking place.

Community Pride Week: Monday, April 29, to Saturday, May 4

imgresThe Watauga County Board of Commissioners designated Monday, April 29, to Saturday, May 4, as Community Pride Week, which was initiated to improve the appearance of Watauga County by removing litter and other debris.

During this week, the Watauga County Landfill will accept brush (no stumps), rocks, cement and cement blocks, bricks, asphalt (no asphalt shingles), metal, furniture, appliances and tires (attached rims are accepted).

There is no charge to drop off these items during Community Pride Week, however you must be a resident of Watauga County.

Community Pride Week Hours:

Monday, April 29, to Friday, May 3: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 4: 8 a.m. to noon

For more information, call Sanitation Office at 264-5305 or 265-4852

Household Hazardous Waste Day: Saturday, May 4

The Watauga County Landfill will accept items it normally doesn’t for Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – free of charge for Watauga County residents. Commercial waste is not accepted.

Have some old gasoline that is mixed with who knows what lying around the house? What about antifreeze, paint, batteries and household cleaners? This would be the time to get ride of those items.

Here’s the list of what is accepted for the day: Paint, Batteries (all types), Antifreeze, Ethylene, Gasoline, Lighter Fluid, Solid and Liquid Pesticides, Oxidizers, Used Oil, Household Cleaners, Fluorescent Lights, Electronics.

For more information, call Sanitation Department at 828-264-5305 or 828-265-4852.

Operation Medicine Cabinet, Saturday, May 4

Help keep prescription and over-the-counter drugs off the streets and out of the rivers! That’s the motto of Operation Medicine Cabinet, which takes place on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a “No Questions Asked” event.

At a Watauga County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, Commissioner Billy Kennedy commended the effort of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and environmentalists to help keep toxins out of the river.

There are four drop-off locations, including three Food Lions – U.S. 321 near Walmart; U.S. 421/old U.S. 421; and Blowing Rock. 

The other drop-off location is the Foscoe Fire Department. 

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