Rowan County citizens can discard household hazardous waste on Saturday, July 13, between 8 a.m. until noon at the Community Recycling Center.

“I'd like to encourage all Rowan County citizens to take advantage of this great program,” said Tyler Brown, Rowan County solid waste coordinator. “It's a great way to get rid of hazardous material that doesn't need to be around the house. It’s a very easy process. You pull up to the station where we have it coned off while we help unload and then you can pull away.”

The Household Hazardous Waste Committee reserves the right to refuse collection of materials.

Non-acceptable items include tires, radioactive material, used motor oil, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, and items marked as explosive.

Common waste materials accepted include, but are not limited to, automotive gasoline, antifreeze, windshield, brake, and transmission fluids, and lead acid batteries.

Home improvement items such as aluminum, paint, varnish, stain, paint thinner, and caulk also will be taken.

Chemicals such as lighter fluid, pool chemicals, propane cylinders, florescent tubes, and fire extinguishers are welcome.

The acceptable list also includes non-hazardous waste such as propane tanks 20 pounds or smaller.

“This is really the only opportunity to dispose of hazardous material here in Rowan County,” Brown said. “This service is completely free.”

Funding is provided in part through a grant from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management through the Kentucky PRIDE Fund.

The collection and disposal day is sponsored by several state, city and county agencies.

A full list of accepted items can be viewed on page B-2.

For more information, call the Rowan County Solid Waste Department at 784-6345.

Brad Stacy can be reached at bstacy@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.