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Drop-off event hits capacity early; residents turned away

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By The Staff

After just three hours of collecting, workers turned cars away during the county’s household hazardous waste drop-off event Saturday at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

Solid Waste Coordinator Linda Fountain said workers at the event saw 254 cars full of items for disposal before noon. Above, cars line up to drop off their hazardous materials and right, workers separate the materials.

Residents stuck with hazardous materials still have options. 

For example, motor oil can be taken to Wal-mart, compact fluorescent bulbs can be dropped off at Home Depot, dry cell and car batteries can be brought to the recycle center and if it is in a hardened form, latex paint can be put in the trash.

Fountain said a $9,000 state grant plus an additional $5,500 from the county funded the free event, which covers set up as well as sorting, transporting and disposing of the materials. 

Fountain said the drop-off event has been a success and recommends it be an annual event, something that will have to be decided by the fiscal court.