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What's the best way to dispose of household chemicals and old electronics?

It's spring cleaning time for many people. Some things can be thrown in the trash, while others need to be disposed of carefully.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When you're cleaning, a lot of times, simply throwing something away is okay, but there are a number of things that have to be disposed of properly in order to keep both the environment and everyone safe.

The Solid Waste Disposal Authority of the City of Huntsville aims to help people dispose of their waste responsibly.

"In the past you know it's always been practiced to just throw things away, 'oh they'll handle it,' but we're trying to do it in a more environmentally responsible manner. Today we're taking electronics, any type of electronics, we take oil, we take pesticides, herbicides, any type of cleaning chemicals, basically anything under your kitchen sink, we'll take it,” said Jesse Davis, Environmental Awareness Officer, SWDA.

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The next weekend waste drop-off will take place on Saturday, April, 3. 

There will be additional events on April, 10 and April 17. 

SWDA recommends checking their Facebook page for event updates, locations and times. 

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SWDA also excepts hazardous waste throughout the week at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 1055 A Cleaner Way, Huntsville, AL 35805. 

They are open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

This drive-through facility is open rain or shine and excepts items such as:

  • Electronics – TVs, laptops, cellphones, etc,
  • Automotive products – oil, gasoline, antifreeze
  • Household cleaners and chemicals
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paints and solvents
  • Insect and weed killers
  • Household and car batteries
  • Expired medicines
  • Used sharps – i.e. needles
  • Fluorescent bulbs

Check the Solid Waste Disposal Authority website or call 256-882-0155 for more information on items collected. Please contact Solid Waste Disposal Authority at 256-882-0155 for more information.

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