A special event that gives Township of Langley residents a chance to dispose of potentially dangerous products and recycle other things like electronics in a safe and environmentally friendly way is being offered again this fall.
The annual Household Hazardous Waste Plus Recycling Drop-Off Event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Township of Langley Operations Centre, 4700 224th St.
The drop-off is free to Township residents. Proof of residency is required. Household hazardous waste items including leftover paint, antifreeze, bleach, brake fluid, motor oil, fluorescent lights, empty propane tanks, pesticides, and turpentine will be collected. Any household product with a skull and cross bones, flames, a skeleton hand, or an explosion on the label can be brought in.
For the second year in a row, electronics, small appliances, batteries, smoke detectors, and mercury thermostats will also be accepted.
"Electronics may not be hazardous," said solid waste coordinator Debbie Fleming, "but they can no longer be placed in landfills, so the Township felt it made sense to accept them."
Fleming also offered a reminder that many items - such as a bag of batteries or a can of paint - are accepted yearround at local recycling facilities and bottle depots.
Staff will be handing out information about local facilities during the Oct. 19-20 event, and more information on where to take items throughout the year can be found online at rcbc.bc.ca/recyclepedia.
Because hazardous waste can be harmful to people, animals, and the environment, it cannot be poured down the drain, put in the garbage, burned, buried, or left to seep into the ground. Keeping it at home is not an option, either, which is why many people make use of the Township's annual drop-off event.
"People have come to expect it," Fleming said. "They know that toxic products they have can be properly disposed of this way and that electronics and small appliance will be recycled."
This year, signage will be posted on the corner of 48th Avenue and 224th Street to indicate what the wait time is for those in line, and offer information on free alternative recycling sites.
For a full list of items accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Plus Recycling Drop-Off Event, visit tol.ca/hhw.
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