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Hazardous materials collection day for East Baton Rouge Parish coming soon

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Do you have any used motor oil in your home? Used batteries? Old paint? Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is inviting all East Baton Rouge Parish residents to drop off their hazardous household materials on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, located on 1750 Foss Street. 

This collection is a way for the community to properly dispose hazardous materials safely, easily and responsibly. 

According to the Institute of the Hazardous Management, "a hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors."

The Mayor's Office said, over the past 28 years, East Baton Rouge Parish residents have carefully thrown away more than three million pounds of household hazardous materials through local collection events.

The event is strictly for the assembling of unsafe residential household materials. Officials will not be able to accept objects from businesses or from residents who live outside Parish limits. 

The following items will be accepted: 

"Fertilizers, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, gasoline, cleaning products, oil & latex paint and paint products, automobile tires, auto products including used oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, diesel, oil and fuel filters; cooking oil, fluorescent tubes, ballasts and compact fluorescent bulbs; lead acid, nickel-cadmium and alkaline batteries; stereos and televisions; and computers, computer monitors, computer components, and fax machines. In order to be accepted, liquids should be in labeled, closed containers holding five gallons or less."

The following items will not be accepted: 

"Ammunition, explosives, fireworks, non-residential waste, latex paint, radioactive devices (smoke/fire/detectors), large gas cylinders such as helium, acetylene or Freon, Styrofoam peanuts, school lab waste, fire extinguishers, appliances (white goods) or furniture, copiers, construction and demolition debris, asbestos-containing building materials, and biomedical hazardous materials."

If you aren't able to attend this collection or need additional information on how to properly dispose unsafe household materials, visit http://www.brla.gov/recycle.

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