Daviess County Fiscal Court, City of Owensboro partner for Tox Away Day

The Daviess County Fiscal Court and the City of Owensboro are hosting a FREE drop-off event for household hazardous waste.

The Tox Away Day collection will run from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, October 10th at the Daviess County Operations Center (2620 Highway 81, Owensboro).

Collection Site for Tox Away Day at Daviess County Operations Center

“We believe this could be a big year for household hazardous waste disposal, as many people completed home improvement projects throughout the spring and summer months,” explained Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson.  “However, items like paint and bleach cannot be dumped in the trash for environmental reasons.  This drop-off event will provide a safe disposal option for city and county residents.”

In June, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet selected 78 projects across the Commonwealth to expand recycling, composting and safe waste disposal.  Grants were allocated from the Kentucky Pride Fund and required a 25 percent local match.

As part of the program, the Daviess County Fiscal Court accepted funding of $30,000.  The grant will support this collection for household hazardous waste.

“The Fiscal Court would like to extend its appreciation to the state for this grant award,” said Judge-Executive Al Mattingly.  “It will help to prevent the buildup of harmful chemicals and materials in our local landfill.  I encourage all Daviess County residents to take advantage of this FREE disposal opportunity.”

Accepted items at the drop-off event include: lighter fluid, thinners, turpentine, adhesives, old gasoline, polishes, kerosene, 2-cycle gasoline, propane, used oil, vehicle batteries, oil-based paints, aerosols, cyanides, acids and caustics, drain cleaners, bleach, household cleaners, rat poison, fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, lawn chemicals, antifreeze, fire extinguishers, Ni-Cad batteries, lithium batteries, alkaline batteries, smoke detectors, pool chemicals, strong chemicals, asbestos, pharmaceutical oxygen cylinders, Co2 cylinders, freon cylinders, helium cylinders, PCB materials, aluminum paint, reactives, flammable solids and animal repellant.

Workers cannot accept: appliances, ammunition, computers, medical waste, tires, solid waste (trash), air conditioners, refrigerators, acetylene cylinders, de-humidifiers, any cylinders other than listed, unmarked cylinders or cylinders with broken and inoperable valves, business waste and latex paint.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Solid Waste Coordinator Mike Hamilton at 270-229-4484.