By Dr. Marnie Ward, 4-H agent Citrus County
When was the last time you looked around your house for hazardous materials? Well, take a look inside your cabinets and along the shelves in your garage. Household Hazardous Material (HHM) requires proper storage and disposal. In fact, the improper handling of HHM results in hundreds of emergency room visits every year. What are some of these materials? Well, they include the obvious like drain cleaners, paints, solvents and motor oils; and they also include unused medications, nail polish remover, and personal electronic devices (televisions, laptops, and iPADs).
The Citrus County Central Landfill should be your “go-to” location for information about the proper disposal of HHM, visit their website here;
For more about the proper disposal of electronic devices click here.
In the United States, each citizen disposes about 4.5 lbs of waste every day and considering the population is nearly 314 million people – that’s a lot of waste. Over the past 40 years, landfill managers and regulators have instituted plans and policies to increase the amount of recycling across the county. In fact, roughly 50% of the waste generated is recycled and diverted from landfills. This has been an amazing achievement and a credit to the resolve of individuals to recognize a problem and work on devising a solution. The take away message here is that 1 individual can make a difference.
The youth of our communities have been instrumental in the push to increase recycling. They worked to bring recycling programs to their schools, daycares, and community centers. They have encouraged their parents, teachers, and friends to “put it in the can”. 4-H youth development programs provide a framework for the adult/mentor support these community oriented young people need to meet their goals.
Are you interested in impacting waste generation/recycling in your community? Well, contact the Citrus County 4-H office and learn more about our programming.
Oklahoma Extension and Oklahoma 4-H have some good ideas for recycling textiles and fabrics, check them out Here.