The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in collaboration with Rutherford County and City of Murfreesboro governments, are hosting a free Household Hazardous Waste Collections (HHW) on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Items can be taken to the City of Murfreesboro Solid Waste Department located at 4765 Florence Road, Murfreesboro anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
"This collection event is only held in our county twice a year," said Rutherford County Solid Waste Director Mac Nolen. "That is why it is important to take advantage of the opportunity to do a little 'Spring Cleaning'."
The next Rutherford County collection event will be late in the fall, but TDEC hosts numerous other HHW collections throughout the State. For an online schedule please go to: https://www.tn.gov/environment/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-collection-event-schedule.html.
Tennessee residents are allowed to dispose of household hazardous waste at any of the collection events, and it is not necessary to be a resident of that particular county where the collection is held. All households are encouraged to participate.
Acceptable items are home maintenance/improvement products such as used strippers and thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar and wallpaper remover. Home lawn and garden products that are accepted include pesticides, fertilizers and wood preservatives. In addition, acceptable miscellaneous items include pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, fluorescent tubes, and compact fluorescent bulbs. Medicines and drugs will also be accepted, but please empty medications into a zip-lock plastic bag before bringing to the event. Needles and sharps in puncture proof containers with sealed lids are now accepted, as well. For a complete list refer to: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/environment/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-acceptable-unacceptable-items.html
Items that are not accepted include infectious wastes, automotive gas tanks, explosives, ammunition, gun powder and fireworks. In addition, radioactive wastes such as smoke detectors and radium paint will not be accepted.
PAINT IS NOT ACCEPTED at this collection. For directions on solidifying latex paint and information on the collection of oil-based paint, please refer to: http://solidwaste.rutherfordcountytn.gov/oil-based-paint.html. Oil-based paint is collected by appointment only; again, it is not accepted at this event.
Electronic waste is also NOT accepted at his event. Instead, it is collected each Monday through Thursday, and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 1140 Haley Road in Murfreesboro. For more information please go to: http://solidwaste.rutherfordcountytn.gov/electronic-waste.html.
For a fee and advance reservations, small businesses may properly dispose of hazardous materials immediately following this collection through the CESQG program https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/solid-waste/documents/sw_cesqg.pdf. This is for businesses such as automotive painting and repair shops, beauty salons, construction companies, dentists, dry cleaners, painters, print shops, property managers, public storage businesses or any other business or not-for-profit agency that needs to dispose of hazardous materials. Please contact Clean Harbors Environmental Services at 615-643-3170 or by e-mail at TNCESQG@cleanharbors.com for a price quote and appointment time.