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Household Waste: What You Don’t See Can Hurt You

March 31, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa - A real toxic mess may be brewing right under your sink, but there are resources in Iowa to help you safely clean up. What's called "household hazardous waste" has become a huge problem for the environment if not disposed of properly, according to Amy Hock, a spokesperson for Metro Waste Authority, Des Moines.

"They're under your kitchen sink, they're under your bathroom counters - anything that has on the warning label 'caution,' 'warning,' hazardous.'"

Hock says the best way to dispose of toxic items used in homes is to visit a facility dedicated to the task.

"The proper disposal options for residents are Iowa's Regional Collection Centers."

Regional Collection Centers across the state process the household hazardous waste safely. The Internet is a great place to find one near you, she adds.

"The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a great website that directs residents to their proper facility."

Regional Collection Centers can also provide information on how to dispose of hazardous waste from schools, businesses and farms. A complete list of centers can be found at www.iowadnr.gov.

Metro Waste Authority will be hosting a "Clean-Up Crew" event at the local Regional Collection Center on Saturday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to noon.





Glen Gardner, Public News Service - IA