CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Aug. 30, 2018) – West Virginia American Water announced today that it is holding a “Clean Streams” Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Laidley Field parking lot in Charleston. This disposal event is part of the company’s source water protection program and is free to area residents.
Through this event, West Virginia American Water seeks to reduce pollution of local waterways by providing a way for the public to properly dispose of hazardous materials that may otherwise be discarded improperly and contaminate drinking water sources. The company will also use the event to engage with the public on the Kanahwa Valley water system’s Source Water Protection Plan and potential sources of contamination to drinking water sources in the Kanawha Valley.
“By helping the community prevent hazardous materials from entering our streams and rivers, we are improving the quality of our states waters and providing a benefit to our customers who rely on us for safe, clean drinking water,” said Brian Bruce, president of West Virginia American Water. “We know that source water protection takes all of us – government agencies, private businesses, watershed protection groups and each of us as individuals – to be successful, and we’re pleased to offer this household hazardous waste collection event to the Kanawha Valley community for the first time.”
Clean Streams is funded by a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, with additional funding from West Virginia American Water. Other partners include the City of Charleston and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
“The USEPA estimates that the average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste per year and can accumulate more than 100 pounds over time,” said Erica Pauken, source water protection state lead for West Virginia American Water. “While certain types of hazardous waste can be disposed of at local facilities, Clean Streams offers a centralized collection event, which has proven to be a successful model in increasing participation in other states and regions.”
To learn more about the event, or to download information on where you can dispose of hazardous materials if you cannot participate in the event, visit wvcleanstreams.com.
Materials that will be accepted include aerosol cans, automotive fluids, batteries, chemistry sets, Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs), gasoline, kerosene, camp fuel/small propane bottles, household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, photo chemicals and pool chemicals.
The event will not be able to accept ammunition, appliances, bulk waste, commercial and industrial waste, large compressed gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, cylinders with unknown or unidentifiable contents, drugs, electronics, explosives, flares, straight fluorescent tubes, leaking containers, medical waste, needles, PCBs and Dioxin, radioactive materials, and paint products.
Disposal will be handled by a professional environmental services company that will manage the collected hazardous materials from end to end. Participants will be asked to remain in their vehicles while trained staff remove and dispose of the items. Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be on site to collect latex paint in acceptable condition only. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s latex paint recycling program at http://charlestonwvrestore.org/paint-recycling/.