Sometimes it’s not always easy to do the right thing when it comes to doing what’s best for the environment — like properly disposing of household chemicals and other toxic products. It can be tempting to pour solvents and hazardous liquids down the drain or on the ground, or toss them in the trash, but these waste products can be harmful to our health and to the environment if they are absorbed into the ground or into our water supply. Fortunately, New Hanover County Environmental Management and UNCW’s Sustainability Committee have partnered to bring residents a more convenient way to dispose of household hazardous waste, making it easier to do what’s right.
The HazWagon, a new mobile collection unit, makes it easier for residents to be stewards of the earth by providing a free, convenient option for recycling waste and diverting it from the landfills. Locally, the HazWagon will pick up on Fridays at the Carolina Beach Mike Chappell Park (the south side of the park, across from the tennis courts) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Note this is a temporary location and the final local in Carolina Beach is yet to be determined).
Residents can bring chemicals like aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, cell phones, cooking oil, drain cleaners, fertilizers, motor oil and oil filters, paints, stains, varnishes, and sealers, just to name a few. They also accept electronics like TVs, monitors, and CPUs. For a full list of acceptable materials, visit here.
In addition to the HazWagon, residents can still bring household hazardous waste to the permanent facility located at 3002 US Highway 421 North, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon.
All of the materials collected from residents are recycled, repurposed, neutralized, and used for alternative power generation, or disposed of in accordance with state and federal law. Please be aware, due to space limitations, no more than 10 gallons of liquid waste and no more than two TVs can be brought to the HazWagon at a time.
So, as the warmer season approaches, and spring cleaning is on everybody’s list of to-do’s, remember that it’s also a great time to detox your homes.