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Jan. 14 is Deadline for Placing Materials Curbside in Jefferson

Release Date: 1/7/2006
Contact Information: For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at (214) 665-2200.

Jan. 28 is last day for drop-off at EPA collection locations

For more information, contact Cynthia Fanning (EPA), 504-731-8680 or Chad Saylor (USCG),  252-267-3662
or Darin Mann (DEQ), 225-219-0860

     Metairie, La. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are working with Jefferson Parish officials to begin transitioning flood damaged household hazardous waste collection responsibilities to the Parish.  Jan. 14 is the deadline for household hazardous waste and electronic waste to be placed curbside for pickup in Jefferson.  The last day to drop off household hazardous waste at the three locations in Jefferson is Jan. 28.  

     "We have had very successful household hazardous waste collection efforts in the Parish," said Kymberlee Keckler, EPA's division supervisor for the Jefferson household hazardous waste and Freon extraction operations. "We have also noticed that the nature of the debris has changed over the past three months and no longer appears to be hurricane related.  As the volume of waste reduces and the Parish returns to normal operations, it makes sense to have the Parish resume responsibility for managing these materials."

     The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Louisiana initially called on the EPA to implement a program to collect hazardous chemicals and materials in order to divert them from the hurricane waste stream.  Since September 25, 2005, the EPA, DEQ and U.S. Coast Guard worked together to collect more than 145,000 hazardous waste containers from across Jefferson Parish.  Operations reduced waste going to the local landfill by approximately 1.6 million pounds.

     Once final pickup is performed in the area on Jan. 14, there will be no additional curbside pickup of household hazardous waste or electronic waste by the EPA.  If residents have questions about household hazardous waste, they may contact the EPA at 800-401-1327 (prior to Jan. 28).  If residents have questions about future Jefferson Parish operations, they may contact the Parish at 504-731-4612.

     Household hazardous waste includes: cleaners; pesticides; lawn and garden products; workshop and paint supplies; automotive supplies; batteries; solvents; thermometers; fluorescent lights; flammable products such as oil, gas, or propane; and other household chemicals.  Improper disposal can result in fires, explosions, toxic gas generation and increases the risk of contaminating air, water, sediment, and soil.    

Household hazardous waste dropoff location schedules through Jan. 28, 2006

North Location - 400 David Drive.  Located 0.2 miles north of Airline Drive, between Airline Drive and West Metairie Avenue, on the west side of the road.
Hours of Operation:  Tuesdays through Sundays, 9:00am to 3:30pm.  The site is closed on Mondays.

Central Location - 6250 Lapalco Boulevard.  Located one block west of Ames Blvd.
Hours of Operation:  Open daily from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

South Location - 2518 Jean Lafitte Boulevard.  Located next to Fisher Middle/High School.
Hours of Operation:  Open daily from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Household hazardous waste collection centers cannot accept commercial or industrial waste, medical waste, building materials, vegetation, debris, large appliances, guns, ammunition, explosives or radioactive material.
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