Don’t make the mistake of hauling old fireworks, road flares, boat fire extinguishers, defunct smoke alarms or anything radioactive to the Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Nov. 5 in Mandeville, or they will all have to be hauled home and shoved back into the garage.
As nasty as they may be, these are not the kinds of residential hazardous waste that will be accepted at the St. Tammany Parish-wide collection event. They are all on the no-no list and will be rejected.
But there are dozens of other items – themselves pretty nasty – that will be accepted for safe disposal during the 8 a.m. to noon event in the parking lot at 21454 Koop Drive.
Just stick with the simple guidelines: passenger vehicles only, no trailers; residential waste only; stick with any maximum limits specified; and show up during the four prescribed hours to drive through the parking lot. Volunteers there will unload all hazardous wastes that are on the acceptable list.
Acids and arsenic
Used vehicle oil, antifreeze, brake fluid
Diesel, oil & filters, gasoline
Auto & truck tires*
Cooking oil, glycerol, glycerin
Batteries – NiCd, lead acid, car batteries
Corrosive cleaning solvents, disinfectants
Oven cleaners, degreasers, bleach, bowl cleaners
latex and oil paints, thinners
Stain, varnish, shellac, turpentine
Polishes, wood preservatives, spray paint
Glue, pool chemicals, lighter fluid
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
Fertilizers, bug sprays
Metallic mercury, moth balls
Propane tanks and bottles
Computers, copiers, cell phones**
Fax machines, ink cartridges, TVs, stereos**
Fluorescent tubes & bulbs
* Limit of five per vehicle and no rims
Fireworks, fire extinguishers
Commercial, industrial, or business waste
Radioactive devices, smoke detectors
Styrofoam peanuts, packaging
Construction and demolition debris
School lab waste
Medical waste, medicines
Helium or freon tanks
Flares, alkaline batteries
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this contactless, drive-thru Keep St. Tammany Beautiful event should email KSTB@gov.org.
Oh, and here’s a time-saving hack — Don’t bring in dried up paint. The parish says that can go straight into to the residential trash for normal collection.