Most of us know there is a variety of ways to get rid of things we no longer want in an environmentally friendly way.
What about the hazardous items? That’s the stuff in containers with the danger symbols. The symbols show a skull and cross bones (poisonous), flame (flammable), boney hand (corrosive) inside a stop sign or traingle shape. Items with the triangle shaped exploding rock displayed with the flame symbol (physically hazardous) are also included.
These items include paints, gasoline, flammable liquids, pesticides, aerosol cans, cleaners and degreasers, glues, medication, and fluorescent bulbs.
These items should definitely not go to the landfill or worse yet be dumped on the ground or down the toilet. They are harmful. That is why they have those scary pictures.
So where should they go?
The only items that can be disposed of responsibly any time in the Flin Flon area are paint which is collected at Home Hardware, medications at the pharmacies and batteries at the landfills or the Recycling Centre.
All other items should be kept until the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection. Miller Environmental comes from Winnipeg and collects them from homeowners.
This year’s collection will be on Thursday, September 17. Hazardous items can be dropped off at Centoba Park from 4 – 8 p.m. Watch for more information.
Product Care is the organization funded by industries that make hazardous products. It provides funding for their collection and proper disposal. It funds the annual collection events.
Product Care also has funding for the construction and operation of a full time collection depot. This information has been given to officials with the City of Flin Flon. Hopefully they will take advantage of the program.