The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Division of Solid Waste, is hosting a household hazardous waste collection day on Saturday, June 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Appeal Landfill at 401 Sweetwater Road in Lusby. The event will give Calvert County residents the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous substances free of charge.
During the collection day, a licensed contractor will collect household hazardous waste for proper disposal. Collection is limited to Calvert County residents only and proof of residency is required. Commercial businesses are prohibited.
The service ensures that Calvert County meets all state and federal requirements with regard to the safe collection of household hazardous waste.
Hazardous waste commonly found in the home includes materials such as oil-based paints, pool chemicals, solvents, fertilizers, prescription drugs, explosives and other itemsusually labeled with the words “DANGER,” “POISON” or “WARNING.” These items should be separated from regular household trash and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
Latex paint, however, is not hazardous and may be thrown out with regular trash once it has dried. Small amounts of latex paint can be left to dry in an open can. Larger amounts can be combined with oil absorbent, kitty litter or paint hardener to it until it is hard.
County residents may drop off trash, recyclables and certain other materials at customer convenience centers and the Appeal Landfill, including motor oil and oil filters, antifreeze, batteries and various types of light bulbs.
Hazardous waste collection days are held four times a year in Calvert County -- one Saturday in March and September at the Mt. Hope Community Center and one Saturday in June and November at the Appeal Landfill.
For more information, call the Calvert County Department of Public Works, Division of Solid Waste, at 410-326-0210 or visit the Calvert County Web site atwww.co.cal.md.us for a full listing of materials accepted.