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Thursday, June 19, 2008   

Des Moines, IA – Now that floodwaters finally are receding in most Iowa communities, the next long process begins - of sorting and throwing out what was damaged. Everything from water-soaked carpet to ruined appliances will have to be disposed of. Amy Horst with Metro Waste Authority says things like yard chemicals, paints and stains kept in garages and basements that were flooded will require special attention.

"Those items really need to be handled with care. It is critical that they're not thrown into the garbage and not thrown out into the landfill. People should identify their regional collection centers for household hazardous waste that serves their area and contact them."

Horst explains that disposal duties will fall on homeowners, but most communities will likely provide special assistance.

""d recommend that residents first call their city hall, or go online and find out if their city has set up any special clean-up events."

Horst says if sandbags were filled but never used, they can be stored for later use. However, if they've been exposed to floodwaters, whether full of sand or empty, they are unsanitary and should be thrown in the trash with the rest of the debris.


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