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Hazardous Waste Collection Days Set

The Coastal Environmental Partnership is collecting household hazardous waste in Carteret County Sept. 28 and Oct. 12 in both Pamlico and Craven counties.

Examples of household hazardous waste. Photo: EPA

Materials that will be accepted at these hazardous waste collection events include latex and oil paints, used motor oil, farm pesticides, gasoline, drain openers, paint thinners, cooking oil and antifreeze.

State law forbids accepting materials from commercial sources. Commercial waste, gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, or infectious, biological and radioactive wastes will not be accepted.

These household hazardous waste should not be poured down the drain, on the the ground or into storm sewers, the EPA stresses on its website because of the risk of pollution and threat to human health.

Collection in Carteret County will take place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the county Health Department at 3820 Bridges St., Morehead City.

Both Oct. 12, the Pamlico County collection event is 9 a.m. to noon at the Pamlico County Courthouse on Highway 55 in Bayboro and the New Bern event will be at Craven Community College, 800 College Court, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Signs will direct you to parking lot E, near Orringer Auditorium.

Electronics are accepted year-round at the counties’ solid waste departments. Call Carteret County at 252-648-7878, Craven County at 252-636-6659 or Pamlico County at 252-745-4240.

First formed in 1990 as the Coastal Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, a partnership between Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties, the name was shortened in 2008 to the Coastal Environmental Partnership. The organization’s purpose is to provide an environmentally sound, cost effective system of solid waste disposal for the citizens of the three-member counties, according to the website.

Contact Bobbi Waters at 252-633-1564 or bobbi@crswma.com for more information.

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