published Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Chattanooga receives $170,000 for household hazardous waste facility

NASHVILLE — Chattanooga will receive a $170,000 state grant over the next two years to assist in the continued operation and maintenance of its permanent household hazardous waste facility.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced today that grants totaling $680,000 went out to Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, with the money split between each city.

“Providing permanent locations for the safe disposal of potentially hazardous materials helps Tennesseans keep their homes safe, minimizes pollution and protects our state’s natural resources,” Haslam said in a news release.

State officials say the average Tennessee household produces 20 pounds of hazardous waste each year. Typical items include cleaning fluids, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats, aerosols, lithium batteries and paint thinner.

Because the products are considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive, it should not be placed with regular garbage, officials say.

The grants are funded through a solid waste management program funded by a 90-cent “tipping fee” on each ton of solid waste received by Class I landfills and a $1.25 per tire pre-disposal fee on new tires.

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