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Posted on: February 9, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Free Shred And Household Hazardous Waste Event On Feb. 20

Southwest Palm Beach County residents will have a special event to get rid of their home chemicals and have their personal documents shredded for free.

Saturday, February 20
SouthWest County Transfer Station13400 S. State Road 7 in Delray Beach
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

As part of the household hazardous waste drop-off, Palm Beach County residents can safely dispose of their old automotive fluids, cleaning products, electronics, fluorescent light bulbs, paints, pesticides, pool chemicals, propane cylinders, rechargeable batteries, solvents, used cooking oils, and more. By properly disposing of these materials, our overall environment and the curbside collection crews are safer.

NOTE 1: No sharps or old or unwanted prescription medications will be accepted.NOTE 2: Commercial quantity electronics may require special disposal. Call 561-687-1100 for details on recycling electronics from your business.

As part of the community shred event, SafeGuard Document Destruction will shred up to 6 boxes of personal documents for FREE. The first 100 cars will receive recycling goodie bags.

In addition, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will be handing out blue and yellow recycling bins to those county residents who need them.

Every month is a good month to recycle household hazardous wastes. Here is a by month suggestion for which home hazard to recycle:
• January – make a New Year’s Resolution to clean up your household hazardous wastes, like paints• February – Fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs
• March – Spring cleaning (under counter household products and chemicals)• April – Batteries from cars, boats, power tools and cameras, or those that are rechargeable
• May – Hurricane preparedness (fuel, propane tanks, rechargeable batteries)• June – Boat products (flares, deep cycle batteries, fuels)
• July – Pesticides, Pool, Propane tanks• August – DIYers with used motor oils (oils, antifreeze, and filters)
• September – Pharmaceuticals/Sharps Awareness• October - Moving? (dispose of any unwanted cleaning products or garage/shed chemicals)
• November – Used cooking oil• December - Electronics

All of these items can be taken to one of seven SWA Home Chemical and Recycling Centers in any month during normal business hours - including Saturdays. Collected items are sorted by type and hauled away by private contractors for recycling or proper disposal.

The SouthWest County Transfer Station is the newest transfer station operated by the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. It processes more than 205,000 tons of garbage, 26,000 tons of recyclables, and 754,000 pounds of household hazardous wastes each year. By local curbside trucks using this facility, there is less truck traffic on our roadways, and the maintenance on the trucks and our roadways is lessened.

For more information on recycling household hazardous wastes, go to<.a> or call 561-697-2700.


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