Public Education Events

Stormwater staff works throughout the year to educate customers on the importance of preventing storm water pollution and the proper disposal of household hazardous waste. CCWA's Stormwater staff host two annual events to educate customers on the importance of keeping our local waterways free of harmful pollutants.

Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup - October

An annual Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup event is held every October at a local creek or stream in Clayton County so residents of all ages can work together to clean trash and debris from a local waterway. Our 2017 event will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 10 a.m. at Panhandle Park (10930 Panhandle Road, Jonesboro). 

2017 Event Flyer

Clayton County's event is part of the state-wide Rivers Alive volunteer cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state of Georgia, including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands.ean trash, litter and other debris from a portion of the creek or stream.

The state-wide efforts are sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division’s Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program.

 

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - April

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.  The event is free of charge.  

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.

Clayton County residents are able to dispose of the following items:

  • Household Paints (Latex & Oil)                     
  • Cooking Oil/Grease
  • Bleaches and Chlorine
  • Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Solvents & Sealers
  • Automotive and Household Batteries
  • Drain cleaners
  • Paint Thinner
  • Wood strippers
  • Motor Oil/Transmission Fluid/Antifreeze
  • Aerosols
  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Insect Sprays & Rodent Killers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Propane & Butane Tanks
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Non-hazardous wastes such as cleaners, polishers, cosmetics

 

Proper Disposal of Unuse/Expired 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.

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG)

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.

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