Event targets medications, hazardous materials

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Residents may dispose of unwanted cleaning products, harmful chemicals and expired or leftover medications at a special household hazardous materials and medicine closet roundup, May 4, 2013, by Beaufort County.

The event is sponsored by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Investigations Section and the County Solid Waste and Recycling Division.  It will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Beaufort near the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, at the County Public Works North facility, 140 Shanklin Rd, Beaufort, SC 29906.

The county is collecting these items for proper disposal in an effort to prevent them from harming the environment. The list of products containing contaminants includes such things as cleaning materials, batteries, paints, turpentine, antifreeze, oil, gas, insecticides, poisons, photo and hobby chemicals, fire extinguishers, fluorescent bulbs of all types, propane tanks and any other products that have labels containing the word, WARNING, DANGER, or CAUTION. Expired and leftover medicines include prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Officials ask that residents tighten caps and lids on products, leave them in their original containers and keep medications separate from hazardous materials to speed collection. They recommend placing the containers in boxes in the trunk or back of their cars on roundup day. Fireworks, ammunition and smoke detectors will not be accepted.

Only residential materials are being accepted at this event. Commercial contractors or businesses with hazardous products that require disposal may call Solid Waste and Recycling at 255-2734 for more information.

For more information about recycling and waste disposal, visit http://www.bcgov.net/recycle.