Photo courtesy of Ricky Linn/Hoover Fire Department.
Workers unload a grill at a previous Hoover Household Hazardous Waste Day event.
Got spring cleaning in your blood and need a place to get rid of things that shouldn’t go in the garbage?
The city of Hoover is holding its 18th annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, April 23 — collecting a host of items best left out of landfills. The event will once again be in the parking lot at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium from 8 a.m. to noon.
Last year, 1,081 Hoover residents brought items, said Robin Mangino, the administrative services supervisor for the Hoover Public Works and Park Maintenance Department.
That included enough paint and paint-related materials to fill three 30-yard rolloff containers and 17 boxes, 49 55-gallon drums of pesticides, eight 55-gallon drums of flammable liquids and solids, eight 55-gallon drums of antifreeze, six 55-gallon drums of batteries and 28 55-gallon drums of other hazardous materials, city records show.
Residents also brought 650 gallons of used motor oil, 125 gallons of used cooking oil, 199 tires, seven boxes of aerosols, 30 fire extinguishers, 315 fluorescent bulbs and 876 compact bulbs, records indicate.
The Hoover Police Department last year took in 687 pounds of leftover or expired medications, almost 78 pounds of ammunition, two handguns and one pellet rifle, Officer Brian Hale said.
The Police Department also will collect fireworks, flares, gun powder, military ordnances and souvenirs, explosives, reloading supplies and edged weapons.
The Foundry Rescue and Recovery Center is expected to be on hand again this year as well, collecting electronic equipment such as TV sets, printers, computers, keyboards, power cables, radios and telephones. The Foundry will refurbish and resell items that they can and recycle the rest.
The city also will accept U.S. flags that will be turned over to the Boy Scouts for proper disposal.
Household Hazardous Waste Day is open to Hoover residents only. Materials will not be accepted from people who live outside the city or from businesses. People should bring a valid driver’s license or current photo ID with their address included.
MXI Environmental Services is the company hired to dispose of materials in an environmentally safe way.
Household Hazardous Waste Day
► Aerosol spray cans (with content)
► Automotive fluids (motor oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, gas and/or mixed gas)
► Batteries (automotive and alkaline)
► Drain cleaners/openers
► Fluorescent tubes/light bulbs
► Household cleaners (bleach, oven cleaners, metal cleaners, polishes, toilet cleansers)
► Oil and latex paint, aerosol paint, paint thinners, paint strippers, paint removers (Please note that empty latex paint containers or hardened solid paint are safe to put in the regular garbage. People can bring liquids to a solid by mixing the paint with cat litter, sand or sawdust. Paint lids should be removed before going in the trash bin.)
► Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
► Polish (auto and furniture)
► Wood preservative
► Wallpaper remover
► Grease and rust solvents
► Standard vehicle tires (No commercial or heavy equipment tires will be accepted.)
► Lighter fluid
► Moth balls
► Insect repellent
► Waste cooking oil
► Fireworks, pyrotechnics and flares
► Gun powders
► Military ordnances/relics/souvenirs
► Explosives and explosive materials
► Reloading supplies
► Edged weapons
► Prescription medication
► Non-prescription drugs
► U.S. flags
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED
► Toasters/toaster ovens
► Coffee makers
► Oxygen bottles
► Smoke detectors
► Lawn equipment (weed trimmers and mowers)
► Medical waste (syringes)
► Radioactive material of any kind
► Air conditioners
► Unidentified materials and containers