Hazardous waste event hits capacity early; residents turned away

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By Laura Hagan

After just three hours, 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.

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 state grant for $9,000 plus an additional $5,500 from the county funded the free event, which covers set up as well as separation of the items, transportation and disposal of the materials.

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