Every spring on the fourth Saturday in April, CCWA sponsors a Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day at the W.B. Casey Water Reclamation Facility in Jonesboro.
This event is only open to Clayton County residents and allows them to drop off a wide variety of items we often have stored somewhere around the house that have a detrimental affect on our environment. The event is free of charge.
Clayton County residents are able to dispose of household paints, pesticides, herbicides, bleaches, chlorine, drain cleaners, motor oil, transmission fluid, fluorescent bulbs, fire extinguishers, oven cleaners, propane and butane tanks, automotive and household batteries, aerosols, insect sprays and rodent killers and over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Residents can drop off old or unused medications at the annual Amnesty Day event. Another way to dispose of old or unused medications is to crush up the medication and add it to undesirable materials such as old coffee grounds or used kitty litter. Then, put it in your household garbage.
Keeping fats, oils and greases out of our sewers is important to help prevent clogged sewer pipes that can result in sewer overflows.
When grease is washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink, it builds up along the sewer lines and begins restricting the flow. This can lead to a completely blocked sewer pipe.
To keep this from happening, residents should pour the used grease into a glass or container. Once the grease has cooled, it can be scraped into the trash. Food scraps should be also scraped into a can or the trash.