Oct. 24 Household Hazardous Waste & Pesticide Collection Event

The County of Surry’s Public Works Department is holding its Household Hazardous Waste & Pesticide Collection Event on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Mount Airy. The event helps families properly dispose of household hazardous waste, which can pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Residents are encouraged to bring paints, paint strippers, thinners, weed killers, pesticides, solvents, drain solvents, gasoline, acid and pool chemicals to drop off. Citizens should not bring ammunition, explosives, radioactive materials, unidentified materials, medicine and syringes, LP and propane cylinders, infectious waste and automotive type batteries. All containers should be labeled with tightly sealed lids. If products are in glass bottles, the bottles should be cushioned to prevent breaking. No commercial waste is accepted.

“We really encourage Surry County residents to bring these household hazardous waste items and pesticides to the event on Saturday, Oct. 24 because it’s a great way to dispose of harmful chemicals in homes that are not allowed in the Surry County Landfill,” said Jessica Montgomery, Public Works Director. “The average U.S. household generates about 30 pounds of household hazardous waste per year and many people do not realize the negative effect the waste has on the environment. This is a great, free method for proper disposal, and I hope to see many Surry County citizens on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Veteran’s Memorial Park.”

The event is sponsored by the County of Surry’s Public Works Department, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension of Surry County. For more information, residents can contact the County of Surry’s Public Works Department at 336-401-8376.

Date: October 20, 2020