MANZANITA - Kathy Schwinck, Tillamook County solid waste coordinator, is spending many of the waning days of summer getting the word out concerning this month's annual, countywide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.
She urges those with garages full of unused paint, pesticides and other household hazardous materials to visit one of three collection sites between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 13.
North County residents can discard their household hazardous materials at Cart'm Recycling, on Necarney City Road, in Manzanita, that day. Additional sites will be located in Tillamook and Pacific City.
Materials to be accepted at collection sites include aerosol cans, degreasers, paint, solvents, lighter fluid, paint thinner, rust remover, spot remover, turpentine, antifreeze, engine cleaners, herbicides, pesticides, slug bait, weed killer, kerosene gas, transmission fluid, fluorescent tubes, household batteries, furniture stripper and brake fluid.
"It's important to keep products in original containers if possible," said Schwinck. "Do not mix any products, and keep hazardous materials away from passengers while transporting.
"Also, for each mercury thermometer an individual turns in, they will be given a digital thermometer free," she noted. "Mercury thermometers are dangerous to our water in Tillamook County. The risk is real: just one gram of mercury (the amount contained in one thermometer) is enough to contaminate all the fish in a lake with a surface area of 20 acres."
The Tillamook County Public Works-Solid Waste Department is sponsoring the free event.
For more information, call Schwinck at (503) 815-3975.