Hazardous and other household materials collected
COLUMBIA - The Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District held an event Saturday morning to collect hazardous and household materials.
Tires, paint, oil and electronics were some of the items collected in the Hearnes Center parking lot.
DeAnna Trass, the district manager, said an event like this is important to the community.
"It helps keep the community clean," Trass said. "We have a lot of surrounding areas, the eight counties that I am responsible for, who want to find ways to eliminate their e-waste, hazardous waste and tires, so this just gives them a one-time option to dispose of those things the way they would like to."
Trass said the tires collected are broken down and used for playground mulch. The paint and oil are properly disposed of or recycled, and the electronics are broken down for parts, disposed of, or refurbished.
Although this event is not regularly held, Trass said she would like to see it become an annual event.
"We're wanting it to grow where we can have maybe a more all encompassing, I mean we've identified it through an eight county region, central region, we're hoping that it spans out," Trass said. "The state of Missouri is looking to reduce their waste consumption so we're hoping that this is something that grabs on and helps with that process."
Trass said she would like to see Columbia become a "centralized location" for collection events.
"Hopefully we can get everyone to converge and say, ‘We know they have this once a year thing let's all kind of jump in and work with it.' That's what I'm hoping for. I think it can be a really good service to the state of Missouri and not just our eight county region."
For more information on where you can recycle these items, visit http://www.mmswmd.org.