Garland County residents can bring items to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 to the Garland County Fairgrounds at 4831 Malvern Avenue, Highway 270 East, for safe, free disposal of unused or leftover household products containing toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive chemicals. A paint exchange area will also be available for paint that is still usable and stored in the original container with a legible label. Passenger tires (no rims) and electronic waste will be accepted at the Garland County collection site only.
Clark County residents may bring their materials to the Clark County Fairgrounds in Arkadelphia from 8 a.m. until noon. Hot Spring County residents may take their materials to either of the collection locations listed above.
The event can help prevent hazardous items from ending up in landfills, sewer treatment, storm drainage or septic systems, streams and lakes. These products are also toxic, corrosive, flammable, and/or irritating to skin. They can cause fumes and fires and can endanger animals and children if left improperly stored at home.
Items accepted at the collection event include automotive substances such as antifreeze or brake fluid; paints, thinners, strippers and solvents; household pesticides and herbicides; water-based cleaners and bleaches; compressed gas cylinders; old kerosene and diesel fuel. Electronic waste can include monitors, computers, keyboards, mice, VCR and DVD players, televisions 19” or smaller, electronic games and microwaves. Recyclable electronics are also accepted weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Regional Recycling Center behind the city sanitation office at 218 Runyon Street off of Valley Street.
Products must be in original containers with labels attached. Unknown or explosive products will not be accepted, nor will lead acid batteries or those from autos, marine vehicles and golf carts. Items should be transported in a corrugated box for stability in a car trunk or truck bed, with lids tightly fastened.
The event, sponsored by the Southwest Central Regional Solid Waste Management District, is for household quantities only. Hazardous waste from companies and businesses cannot be accepted. For more information, call the Hot Springs Solid Waste Department, 321-6911.