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EPA Announces Household Hazardous Waste Curbside Collection for Parkersburg, Iowa

Release Date: 07/10/2008
Contact Information: Dianna Whitaker, 913-551-7598,

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    (Kansas City, Kan., July 10, 2008) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is collecting household hazardous waste from tornado and flood-damaged residences in Parkersburg, Iowa. Residents are encouraged to place damaged household hazardous waste on their curbside. Proper disposal of these materials will minimize or prevent long-term environmental damage.

    EPA contractors will circulate throughout Parkersburg on a periodic basis to collect household hazardous waste items.

    The following list shows common household items which contain potentially hazardous ingredients that might be found in flooded garages, basements or other storage space within the home:

    Cleaning Products
    Oven cleaners
    Drain cleaners
    Wood and metal cleaners/polishers
    Toilet cleaners
    Tub, tile, shower cleaners
    Pool chemicals

    Indoor Pesticides
    Ant sprays and baits
    Cockroach sprays and baits
    Flea repellents and shampoos
    Bug sprays
    Household insecticides
    Moth repellents
    Mouse and rat poisons and baits

    Workshop/Painting Supplies
    Adhesives and glues
    Furniture strippers
    Oil or enamel-based paints
    Stains and finishes
    Paint thinners and turpentine
    Paint strippers and removers
    Photographic chemicals
    Fixatives and other solvents

    Automotive Products
    Motor oil
    Fuel additives
    Carburetor and fuel injection cleaners
    Air conditioning refrigerants
    Starter fluids
    Automotive batteries
    Transmission and brake fluid

    Lawn and Garden Products
    Fungicides/wood preservatives

    Flammable Products
    Propane tanks and other compressed gas cylinders
    Home heating oil
    Diesel fuel
    Gas/oil mix
    Lighter fluid

    Mercury thermostats/thermometers
    Fluorescent light bulbs
    Driveway sealer

    EPA is also retrieving orphaned hazardous containers such as propane tanks which were swept away in the flood waters. Anyone finding or sighting an orphan tank or drum should be aware that it can be potentially dangerous and should call the Iowa Department of Natural Resources hotline at 515-281-8694 for proper disposal.

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