2009-06-04 / Editorial

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Give up your hazardous waste this Saturday

This Saturday, June 6, will be the first time that Jamestown has hosted an Eco-Depot day. That's good news for islanders who care about the environment and have been hoarding their hazardous waste instead of tossing it in the trash.

In past years, we've had to go to Newport or Narragansett or all the way to Johnston to find an Eco-Depot. Having one here on the island saves everyone time and makes the job easy.

What is household hazardous waste? Just about anything that is toxic, corrosive, flammable or poisoness. That includes most cleaners, paints, thinners, pesticides, fertilizers, weed killers, pool chemicals and automotive lubricants.

This is stuff that you don't want to pour down the drain, dump in your driveway or put in the garbage can because it will end up in the landfill.

From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Melrose Avenue School parking lot you can legally and safely get rid of the unwanted hazardous stuff.

The Town of Jamestown will also collect islanders' e-waste at the same time this Saturday at the Melrose School parking lot. You can get rid of old computers, radios, routers, cell phones and cable boxes — just about anything electronic. They will also take your old televisions, but there will be a small disposal fee.

But wait, there's more!

You can protect yourself from identity theft on Saturday, too. The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Shred-It day in conjunction with the Eco-Depot. It's a great way to get rid of old papers that detail your personal info like your bank accounts, credit card details and social security numbers. There's a limit of two boxes of personal papers per person.

So, clean house! Gather up all that old hazardous waste, junky electronics and out-of-date personal papers and head over to the Melrose School on Saturday. There's sure to be a crowd, but at least you'll be able to visit with your neighbors and friends.

We probably should have an Eco-Depot, EWaste, Shred-It Day once a year.

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