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City of Decatur to offer hazardous materials collection service

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 17, 2018
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Decatur residents will soon have a new option for getting rid of household hazardous materials, and they’ll only have to walk as far as their front porch.

The Decatur City Council Tuesday approved a contract with HHW Solutions to provide monthly pickup for items such as paint, insecticides, pool chemicals and other household chemicals not accepted by regular trash collection services and prohibited in landfills.

The service, which will be offered once a month, is for residential customers only.

“It’s a solution for the residential property owner to have a method that works,” Mayor Martin Woodruff said. “It’s an effective way to easily and properly dispose of those types of materials. I’ve had people in the city ask me about that kind of solution for a long time, and I didn’t have a good answer for them.”

Dick Demien, manager of HHW Solutions, said the company is aiming to have its first pickup date in January.

“It should be about the same time each month. Right now we’re looking at Jan. 22 as your pickup day. The subsequent month it might be the 23rd or 21st, but it should be right around that same time period,” Demien said.

Residents who have items for pickup will be able to call HHW Solutions or go to the company’s website to get on the collection list each month. Then on the appointed day, residents will be able to leave the items on their front porch before 8 a.m., and items will be removed by the end of the day.

For the first year, the city will absorb the costs of 89-cents per home, meaning residents won’t have to pay extra for the service.

“It’s not a huge expense. We’ll absorb it on the front end to see how it goes, and hopefully it’s going to work real well,” City Manager Brett Shannon said.

Woodruff shared Shannon’s optimistic view of the program.

“It feels like this kind of approach could work. It’s been working in other cities. I think it’s a great idea. Let’s give it a shot and see how it works,” he said.

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