Disposal Day: Hazardous waste collection begins Tuesday

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, January 19, 2019
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A new service for Decatur residents who need to safely dispose of household hazardous materials begins next week. The same service will start in Boyd in March.

HHW Solutions will begin providing monthly pickup of certain hazardous materials Tuesday.

The service is for residential customers only, and you must schedule a pickup in advance by visiting Once you’ve scheduled a pickup, place the items on your front porch before 8 a.m. the day of collection. Items will be collected between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The company will collect items such as the following:

  • used motor oil and used cooking oil (screw top lid)
  • batteries of all kinds
  • paint of all kinds
  • light bulbs of all kinds
  • household cleaners
  • aerosol cans
  • automotive fluids and fuels
  • lawn and garden items including fertilizer, pesticides and weed killers
  • pool chemicals and additives
  • vanishes, strippers, turpentine and stains
  • glues and epoxies

HHW also requires the following:

  • Chemicals must be in their original labeled containers, except used motor oil and cooking oil.
  • All items must have spill-proof lids.
  • Collect oil in a container with a screw-top lid.
  • All Items must have easily read labels.
  • For sized small containers, items must fit into a box no larger than 20-inch by 14-inch by 14-inch in size.
  • Items set out without scheduling, will not be collected.

Dick Demien, manager of HHW Solutions, told the Decatur City Council in November that collection will take place once a month.

“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 will not have to pay additional fees for the service. At last November’s meeting, Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon said for the first year, the city will absorb the costs of 89-cents per home.

The Boyd city council Tuesday approved a contract with HHW. The city will pay for the service this fiscal year. The service will start March 19 and residents will need to go to to schedule a pickup. Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington said the city will be providing a link on its website. Residents can also call city hall to schedule a pickup.

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