City of Picayune receives grant for hazardous waste collection

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $25,000 in solid waste assistance funding to the city of Picayune.

That funding will allow the city to host a hazardous waste cleanup day on June 30, beginning 8 a.m. and lasting until noon.

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Director of Operations Harvey Miller said the event provides residents in the community with an opportunity to dispose of a number of hazardous materials in the proper manner.

Some of the items that will be accepted include fluorescent lamps, batteries, electronics, items containing mercury, aerosols, corrosives, miscellaneous flammable liquid, oil based paints, oxidizers, poisons and tires, Miller said.

Applicable items can be discarded on the day of the event at the public works maintenance department, located at 101 Witthauer Street, Miller said.

Grants Manager Christy Goss said the grant requires a match of 25 percent from the city. If the city had to pay the full cost of the match it would equate to $6,000, however the grant includes a clause allowing in-kind services to cover part of the match. Goss said the city plans to use labor from city employees to cover a portion of the match, with the difference coming from the city’s utility budget.

Miller said this program will give people a chance to properly dispose of those hazardous items instead of dumping them in ditches or bringing them to the county dump.

Items that will not be accepted include infectious waste or debris, needles, radioactive waste, explosives, fireworks, ammunition, waste containing PCBs and propane tanks.