Bayonne to hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Items that are dangerous to the environment can be discarded

Items that can't be safely discarded in the regular trash are considered hazardous.
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Items that can't be safely discarded in the regular trash are considered hazardous.

Mayor James Davis has announced that the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) will hold Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Stephen R. Gregg- Hudson County Park.

The venue is Lot #1, lower level down the road and down the hill from the 48th Street entrance on Kennedy Blvd. In previous years, the event took place in downtown.

“I would like to thank the HCIA for having this event in Bayonne each year,” Davis said. “I urge our residents to take advantage of this important and useful service provided by the HCIA.”

Discard safely

Hazardous wastes are items found in homes, garages, and outdoor sheds that are dangerous to the environment and cannot be disposed of in everyday trash. Pesticides and solvents can be life-threatening when inhaled or consumed.

Latex Paint, which no longer contains dangerous chemicals and is not classified as “hazardous,” can be dried in the container and thrown out, uncovered in the regular trash.

Alkaline Batteries are no longer accepted. Dispose of them in your regular garbage. Rechargeable batteries should be brought to the collection sites.

Items you can bring include pesticides; herbicides; corrosives; thinners; oil-based paint; pool chemicals; car batteries; rechargeable batteries; used motor oil; solvents; cleaners; full or partially full aerosol cans; propane tanks (from barbecues only); fire extinguishers; formaldehyde; fluorescent tubes; CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps); auto and marine flares; thermostats; cell phones; mercury fever thermometers; automobile and marine flares; and computers.

Empty aerosol cans should be thrown out in regular trash. A tire amnesty program allows up to four tires, and used smoke detectors are allowed.

What not to bring

Do not bring latex paint; alkaline batteries (now fall below federal and state hazardous waste standards); explosives; ammunition; compressed gas; infectious waste; asbestos; Woodlife; dioxin and kepone; Silvex 2, 4, 5-T; PCBs or TCCD; radioactive material; ballasts; washers and dryers; refrigerators and freezers; air conditioners; unknown materials; and unidentified materials.

For more information, call the Hudson County Improvement Authority’s Environmental Hotline at 201-324-6222, ext. 3257, or visit
www.hcia.org.

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