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Hazardous waste collection day set for Nov. 3

Pearl River County residents will soon be able to safely dispose of hazardous substances they may have around their home.

The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held this year on Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until the money runs out) at the County Barn on Highway 11 in Millard.

Pearl River County Fire Marshal Albert Lee said this year’s event will be a bit shorter for two reasons. The first is that the city of Picayune and Hancock County recently held similar events, so a number of hazardous materials should have been recycled by now. The second is that the county only received between $15,000 to $16,000 to hold this year’s event, which is why the event will close once that limit is reached. Personnel will be on hand that day to determine when the materials collected reach the amount of funding available, Lee said.

Materials that will be accepted include used oils, oily water, antifreeze, gasoline, diesel, alkaline batteries, Ni-cad batteries, nickel metal hydride batteries, lead acid batteries, lithium batteries, florescent lights of all sorts, items containing mercury, electronics including computers and televisions, aerosols, corrosive materials, flammables, oil and latex based paint, oxidizers, reactive substances, propane cylinders, poisons and PCB wastes.