"Hazardous Waste Disposal"

By KBJR News 1

November 4, 2010 Updated Nov 4, 2010 at 6:53 AM CST

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)

Painting your house is always a great way to give it a fresh look.

But the leftover paint can damage to the environment if spilled or dumped inappropriately.
In this weeks "Your Green Life", Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at some options you have for disposing of leftover paint.

Almost all of us have some hazardous chemicals...maybe stored under your sink, or in your garage.
When it comes time for spring cleaning there are some things you should know about getting rid of them.

"Our goal is to get all of the hazardous waste out of the waste stream and get it here", said Sarah Lerohl; Environmental Program Coordinator at WLSSD.

At the product exchange site here at WLSSD you can grab a quart of water–based primer and you can have up to five items per day.

Seasonal dropping temperatures can also pose some problems.

"One of the issues that we come into the winter is that of freezing and a lot of the hazardous chemicals that you may have in your home or garage especially outdoors could freeze", said Lerohl.

Leaves aren't hazardous but they can cause some serious problems by clogging sewers and filling up landfills. WLSSD has an answer for that as well.

"If you are not going to be using your leaves and your grass in your backyard composter at home, please remember to bring them here to our compost site. Because it is a local resource and it doesn't belong in the trash", said Lori Blais; Environmental Program Coordinator at WLSSD.

Your spent Jack–o–Lanterns can also tag along to WLSSD for composting. Clean up your yard and protect the environment all in one step. In Duluth I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson. The Northlands Newscenter.

The Yard Waste site is scheduled to remain open until November 15.
The Hazardous waste site is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

To find out what you can bring to the Hazardous waste site, visit:

http://www.wlssd.com/garbage_hw_residents.php

If you need to find a location closer to your home search on Earth911.

www.earth911.com

Posted by Jeff Edmondson