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Household Hazardous Waste Day only comes around once a year and oh, what a year it was. The turn out for 2011 was more than the last two years combined.
Almost every year, as the city’s budget allows, the environmental cleanup group, Clean Harbors - out of Bartow, comes to Cedar Key at the start of hurricane season. Residents can drop off items that can’t be put out into the regular trash.
Public Works Director Josh Wilson reported that while there was nothing particularly odd that was disposed of, but there was a lot of it.
One man dropped off two full truck loads of old tires; there was a 50-plus inch plasma TV, more computer monitors and televisions than they could count, a giant copier, gallons of used motor oil, old paint and solvents, chemicals, fuels and more.
According to Wilson, “Our dump truck was overflowing with used tires collected.”
In the “yukkiest item disposed of” category was a giant drum of mysterious liquid that clam bags are dipped into but nobody was sure why or what the product was.
According to their website, “Clean Harbors is fully permitted to manage a wide variety of regulated materials.”
Tthey bill the city for their services, however, it costs less than picking the items out of the Gulf of Mexico after a good storm.
Until next year, either drop off your hazardous items for free on Wednesday mornings at the land fill or store them until the next pick up day.