GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Three new household hazardous waste storage buildings were recently completed and put into use by Clay County Environmental Services.
They are located at the Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management Facility. The storage units being replaced are more than 30 years old.
“The hazardous waste program is a key component of our mission to help protect the ground water and the environment here in Clay County,” said Milton Towns, Clay County Director of Environmental Services.
The newer units more sturdily constructed than their predecessors, and are designed to last at least 10 years with a hope for matching the previous model’s 30.
“The new units are constructed of welded heavy-gauge steel and are fire rated and chemical resistant with sump floors to catch any spills and prevent leaks. Each storage unit has electricity, lighting, explosive proof exhaust fan and automated industrial fire suppression system with alarm.
Additional improvements such as higher ceilings, more shelving and six-foot wide roll-up doors have also increased the storage capacity of the units.
“These new storage buildings have improved the function, safety, and appearance of the Household Hazardous Waste Center at Rosemary Hill.”
Said Gayward Hendry, Chairman of the Clay County Commission: “The BCC believes this was a great investment that protects both the quality of Clay County’s water and the residents that depend on it.”
“The proper disposal of hazardous materials is one of the most important things we can do to protect our natural environment,” said Towns. “Dropping off materials is fast, easy and free for most of Clay County. Call (904) 284-6374 if you have any questions about the program.”
Among materials to be disposed of at the location are: paint, batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, propane tanks, unwanted electronics, and fluorescent bulbs and more.
The hours of operation for the Household Hazardous Waste Center are Monday through Saturday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only holidays which the center is closed.
A list of acceptable items and guidelines for collection can be found at the following web address: www.claycountygov.com/hazardous-waste-disposal.