DeKalb sanitation to host hazardous waste disposal event

DeKalb County residents will soon have the opportunity to dispose of potentially harmful materials safely and properly during a countywide household hazardous materials recycling event.

The DeKalb County Sanitation Division will host a spring household hazardous waste recycling event on Saturday, March 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Sanitation Division’s Central Transfer Station located at 3720 Leroy Scott Drive in Decatur.

Hazardous materials such as aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, photo chemicals, paint, paint-related products and artist supplies, will be accepted during the event. Paint will be limited to 10 gallons per vehicle.

Agricultural waste, ammunition, radioactive materials, pharmaceuticals, biohazardous, and biomedical waste will not be accepted.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website, improper disposal of hazardous materials can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.

“Certain types of household hazardous materials have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers and contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets,” said EPA officials. “These materials can also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.”

Participation is free and open only to DeKalb County residents. Proof of residency may be requested, stated officials.

For more information, contact the Sanitation Division’s Customer Care team at 404-294-2900 or, or visit

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