Hazardous Waste Collection & Litter Sweep This Saturday

Story by Leslie Huffman and photo by Peter Kemmer.

Cary, NC – Sitting on the floor of my office is an old computer monitor, and in the garage, old paint cans and used motor oil. What do I do with them? How do I get rid of these items without hurting the environment?

Get Rid of Hazardous Waste This Saturday

Good news – the Town of Cary, the Spruce Conservation Program, and Wake County will partner to host the 3rd annual electronics and residential household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garmon Operations Center located at 400 James Jackson Avenue.

The event serves as a safe and convenient way to dispose of old electronics, paint, automotive fluids, chemicals and spent fluorescent lights and keep them out of the landfill. Just bring it in and drop it off. It’s that easy.

What to Bring

Citizens may bring electronic items for recycling such as:

  • Computers (CPUs)
  • Household Electronics
  • Keyboards
  • Laptop PCs
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
  • And lots more

Citizens may also bring household hazardous materials such as:

  • Household cleaners/chemicals
  • Paints/lacquers/polishes
  • Pesticides/herbicides/poisons
  • Solvents
  • Batteries
  • Compact Florescent Bulbs
  • And lots more

Litter Sweep with Mayor Weinbrecht

Would you like to get your picture taken with the Mayor in an orange safety vest? Here is your chance. Help Mayor Weinbrecht along with the Spruce Conservation Program clean-up along Highway U.S 1 this Saturday, May 21st from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Safety Vests, gloves, litter grabbers, and bags will be provided.

“Since we began our Litter Sweep events 2 years ago, volunteers have collected 25,000 pounds of litter”, says Heather L. Morell, Spruce Conservation Specialist. “Sometimes our volunteers find money along the highways too.  Our record is $104. So, it pays to help pick up litter!”

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. To volunteer, please register by Friday.

To Register for the Litter Sweep contact:

Heather Morell
Conservation Specialist-Volunteer Coordinator
(919) 469-4301