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Household Hazardous Waste Collection coming up next week


Coming up next Wednesday is the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day and it will be taking place at the Town’s civic centre right next to the fire hall on September 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where Health Canada will be promoting chemical awareness with informational pamphlets being provided.
“They can bring household chemical products that they’re no long using. For example if they have anything that they’re not using like drain cleaners, windshield washer fluids, they can actually go to the Town’s website and they would have information on that,” explained Erica Kalcsics, an outreach and education employee under the Environmental Health Program with Health Canada who will be helping out with Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for the first time this year.
According to the Town of The Pas website the items that can be handled through the collection include pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, antifreeze, furniture polishes, waxes, wood preservatives, household cleaners, paint, paint thinners, degreaser, aerosol cans, glues, propane, acetylene, mercury and thermometers.
Note that items such as batteries, oil and oil products, pharmaceuticals, electronics, florescent or LED lightbulbs and commercial waste will not be accepted at this event.
Another important thing to note is that this will help keep these chemicals and other products out of the reach of children, and help prevent them from harming themselves.
“One of the things is keeping it out of reach of children. It’s very important whether or not people have young children themselves or children visiting the homes, if you have everything accessible then that’s really important to have it out of your home. There’s also vapors that can be coming out of the products, so if you have old cans of paint or paint thinners stored in your basement it can be giving out vapors that are not healthy for you. There are various health reasons not to have chemicals in your home,” said Kalcsics.
This is also the first year that Health Canada is taking part in this event, stating that they want to remain pro-active on things such as this according to Kalcsics.

Trevor Wright