(Cherry Hill, NJ) – To help Camden County residents protect the environment, the Freeholder Board is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on April 8 at the Collingswood Public Works building located at 713 N. Atlantic Avenue in Collingswood. Residents can bring items to the convenient drive-through collection site from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
“This program provides one of the easiest and most convenient ways for all Camden County residents to do their part when it comes to creating a better environment for us all,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash. “It is very important to be able to provide this kind of service to residents because, by disposing of this material properly, we can ensure the public these elements will stay out of our waste stream and prevent it from making its way into the ground and our waterways.”
Each year, Camden County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program keeps over 400,000 pounds of hazardous material from the county waste stream. Camden County residents are asked to keep the environment healthy by bringing oil-based paints, solvents, thinners, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, kerosene, polishes, photographic chemicals, automotive batteries, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, other car products, pool chemicals and cleaning fluids.
Nash said the concept of taking toxic elements out of garages and homes and disposing of them in a safe fashion is a common sense initiative that residents embrace.
“Half the time I walk into my garage and things are sitting on the shelf from a home project 10-years-ago,” Nash said. “These events now give residents an outlet to get rid of this stuff that would otherwise poison our environment and significantly deteriorate our quality of life.”