Disposing of Hazardous Waste

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

VERONA -- A hazmat situation in Augusta County on Saturday was the good kind: collecting hazardous waste for proper disposal.

Volunteers and workers in Verona Saturday morning collected household hazardous waste that people are not supposed to throw in the trash - items including chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs and car batteries.

Martin Siebken, a member of the Augusta County recycling board, said it is a good opportunity to keep hazardous waste out of landfills.

"People are going to dispose of it one way or another," Siebken said. "We just like providing an opportunity to have it disposed of properly and handled in an appropriate way so it stays out of the landfill and stays out of our groundwater."

Siebken said the annual household hazardous waste collection day has netted 200,000 pounds of potentially harmful waste over the last 15 years.

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