Greater Baton Rouge Area
Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day 2002
The Greater Baton Rouge area held its annual Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on Saturday, April 13, 2002. The event was held at the Memorial Stadium location for the second year. Materials collected from 1080 vehicles were processed.
Collected Materials Sent for Recycling:
247 Used Tires
10,840 Pounds of Batteries
2450 Gallons of Used Motor Oil and Antifreeze
120 Oil Filters
928 Linear foot of Lamps
15 U-Tube/Compact/Circular Lamps
22 Pounds of Elemental Mercury
Materials collected that could not be recycled were sent to the Dow tent for over-packing and proper labeling. A total of 1,573 drums of waste were sent to Dow for proper handling. In addition to the materials sent to be recycled, 66,027 pounds of hazardous material were kept out of the landfill.
Dow furnished new gas cans to citizens after they had dropped off their materials. DEQ employees helped pass them out to the citizens.
Under the shade of DEQ's tent, volunteers were checking paint brought to see if it was useable. The "good" paint was then opened and stirred. Some ladies affectionately referred to as the "paint witches" blended this paint in five gallon buckets. These buckets of "designer" color paint were then given to non-profit organizations, municipalities and citizens for their use. A record of 142 five-gallon buckets of paint were made and adopted!!!! That was over 700 gallons of paint adopted!!! In addition to the remixed paint, new or nearly new cans of paint/stains/thinners were put on shelves for citizens to take for their use. Many of these were adopted, too. The leftovers were processed for disposal at Dow.
A collection site was also set up in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Plaquemine. Material from 110 cars was unloaded at this location.
Collected Materials Included:
5 Used Tires
36 Linear Foot of Lamps
136 drums were over-packed by Dow for proper disposal for a total of 5,416 pounds.
Between the two locations, in addition in the material sent for recycling, a total of 71,443 pounds of hazardous materials were diverted from the landfills!!!
What a GREAT success!!!!
Sponsors and participants of the event include Dow Chemical Company, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, BREC, Lamar Advertising, The Advocate, WRKF, U.S. Filter Corporation, ExxonMobil ExC!te, Exide Technologies - Baton Rouge Smelter, Lamp Recyclers of LA, Inc., Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), Louisiana Environmental Health Association, Environmental Industries Recycling, Inc., Southern Scrap Xpress, Corporate Recycling Council, Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
A HUGE thanks to all the many groups that donated their time, services and materials to make the event a success!