MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) held it’s “household hazardous waste collection day” at its headquarters on Aug. 6 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Local residents drove through a line where their waste items were unloaded and packed up to be taken and disposed of. Last year, none of the waste that was dropped off went to a landfill, they were recycled and reused. The list of waste items that were accepted are:

  • Anti-freeze
  • Arts/Crafts Supplies
  • Batteries (All types)
  • Bleaches
  • Drain/Oven/Floor cleaners
  • Fluorescent Bulbs – including CFLs
  • Freon (Canisters Only)
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Lawn & Garden Chemicals
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Motor Oil (Used)
  • Gasoline (including that mixed with oil)
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Rodent Killers
  • Mercury Thermometers
  • Oil Filters (used)
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Rust Preventatives
  • Septic (cesspool) Cleaners
  • Swimming Pool Chemicals
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Oil-Based Paints (NO LATEX PAINT)

A few of the items that were dropped off on August 6 (WBOY Image)

MUB’s Director of Communications, Chris Dale, mentioned that this collection day has been annually for about 20 years, in which MUB has been in charge of it during the last 10 years. They had the facility, capacity and roadway to channel vehicles in and out, so they took the day over.

Last year, they had 477 vehicles who dropped off waste. This year, they had around 500 vehicles within’ a three hour span.

Dale had discussed that a lot of the waste items that are dropped off are items that are bad for the environment and community. he said, “events like this are very critical for the community, because they provide an opportunity for people to dispose of hazardous waste, they otherwise might just put it in a landfill, or pour into a creek, you know, pour it in their back yard, who knows what they might do with it. It provides a good safe and very environmental friendly way to dispose of their household hazardous waste.”

As much as MUB would like to have this event more often, they cannot due to financial restraints. They will have this free collection day again next year, for Morgantown residents who can provide an ID upon arrival of drop off.