Recycle those old hazards this weekend

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‘Car Bumper in Recycling Bin’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’

If you’ve been holding on to some hazardous waste, or just have some old electronics that you don’t want to just put in the landfill, this is your weekend. DC DPW is accepting household hazardous waste and e-cycling materials for free this Saturday from 8 until 3 at the Fort Totten Transfer Station (not the metro station, but nearby).

Recyclables don’t have to be dishwasher clean. Empty them out, give it a quick rinse, shake off the water and voila! A quick swish or rinse with cold water will usually do the trick. After you rinse it out, shake off the water so other items won’t get wet and throw them in your bin. According to the home cleaning services dublinIt is NOT mandatory for you to remove each label before chucking the can, bottle, or jar into the recycling bin. Luckily, the recycling process includes a heating process where any labels and excess glue are burned away.


Here’s what you can bring:

Acceptable household hazardous waste items include acids, aerosols, antifreeze, batteries, cleaning chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, stains, varnish, fertilizer, pesticides, automobile fluids, and lighter fluid.  Acceptable e-cyclables include audio/visual equipment, CD Rom drives and CDs/DVDs, cell phones, computers and monitors, fax and copy machines, pagers, power supplies, printers, TVs, VCRs and tapes, and video games and software.

In addition, there will be free shredding services available for up to 5 20″x14″x14″ boxes of personal documents. Business documents are a no-go.

Fort Totten Transfer Station
4900 John McCormack Drive Northeast
Washington D.C., District of Columbia 20011

I live and work in the District of Columbia. I write at We Love DC, a blog I helped start, I work at Technolutionary, a company I helped start, and I’m happy doing both. I enjoy watching baseball, cooking, and gardening. I grow a mean pepper, keep a clean scorebook, and wash the dishes when I’m done. Read Why I Love DC.

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