Keep Morristown Hamblen Beautiful along with JTEKT Automotive, Goodwill Materials Recovery Facility, Morristown Rotary Club and 5R Processors will be holding a recycling day Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze and electronics, collectively called BOPAE, comprise about 85 percent of the waste brought into household hazardous waste events. When handled correctly, these materials are only slightly hazardous and local management can reduce state household hazardous waste costs by 40 percent.
Tennessee began promoting BOPAE collection events in 2007 to supplement the existing Household Hazardous Waste Program by providing additional free disposal options for residents at minimal cost to the state.
The money saved by excluding BOPAE materials from the HHW Program can be used to collect more hazardous materials across the state, potentially funding additional HHW Events.