Editor’s Note: The EcoDepot collection will actually take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 and NOT on Sept. 26 as listed in our print edition.
By Collin Kelley
If you’ve got some stray hazardous waste, unidentifiable pills or computers collecting dust around your home, then load it up – safely, of course – and bring it to ecoDepot at Atlantic Station on Saturday, Sept. 25
While recycling events around the city are common, ecoDepot is the first of its kind to take such a variety of items. Residents can bring approved items (see the list below) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith, LivingGreenPages, Live-Thrive Atlanta, Atlanta Recycling Solutions and Clean Harbors will sponsor the event.
“I’m committed to supporting efforts that bring tangible changes in how we treat our environment,” Smith said. “Bringing this collection effort to Atlanta will not only change habits, but also educate our residents and the general public on what household hazardous waste can do to our watershed and what electronic scrap items can do to our landfills.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in the basement and garage and in storage closets.
Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
The ecoDepot collection is part of the larger Ecolife event taking place Sept. 25 and 26 at Atlantic Station. on September 25-26 at Atlantic Station. The weekend will offer live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and tastings, eco-friendly products and solutions, variety of games and learning experiences for all ages.
For more information, visit www.ecolife-events.com.
Guide for ecoDepot
From the garage or workbench: Oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid, acid, fuels/gasoline/kerosene, antifreeze, degreasers, driveway sealer, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, roofing tar, pool chemicals, and fluorescent lamps.
From the yard and house: Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, weed killers, moth balls, flea control products, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby/artist supplies, mercury thermometers, thermostats, button batteries and rechargeable batteries. Products that contain mercury, such as fever thermometers and button batteries, found in watches and hearing aids, may also be brought to the collection. Lithium, alkaline and Ni-cad batteries will be accepted as well.
From the medicine cabinet: Over the counter and most prescription drugs will be accepted, even if they are expired. The items must be left in the container. Illegal drugs (marijuana and cocaine, for example) are not allowed.
Electronics: E-Scrap items will be accepted regardless of working condition. Computer monitors, microwave ovens, computer CPUs, stereos, telephones, laptops, copiers, CB radios, printers, video machines, CD players, disk drives, VCRs, portable radios, floppy drives, camcorders, cell phones, test and networking equipment, cameras (including digital), keyboards, modems, record players, scanners, circuit boards, speakers, electrical panels, typewriters, battery back-ups, fax machines, CD roms, projectors, cables and computer mice. Televisions will be accepted for a $10 fee.
Not accepted: Vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, de-humidifiers or humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, tires, household trash and non-electronic equipment