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April 23rd Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics with Worcester County

                                      
The Recycling Division of Worcester County Public Works, in conjunction with Maryland Environmental Services and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), will conduct Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Cycling (electronics recycling) Collection Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Park & Ride Lot in West Ocean City. 

Worcester County is hosting HHW and E-cycling to commemorate and extend the Earth Day celebration, which takes place the day prior to our event.

U.S. Senator John Hoeven once said, “On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.” Recycling officials couldn’t agree more. Proper disposal of HHW and electronics is among the many simple steps we can take that play a big role in helping to protect the planet and ultimately our own health.

Drop off HHW, including pesticides, pool chemicals, gas and other fuels, oil-base paints, thinners and everyday hazardous wastes accumulating in and around the home for safe disposal. Electronic items, such as computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, radios, televisions and VCR’s, will be collected and later recycled. 

Recycling HHW and electronics saves valuable landfill space and helps protect the environment, as many of these items do not degrade and contain poisonous materials that could seep out of the landfill and contaminate surrounding soil and groundwater.  

HHW and E-cycling is open at no charge to Worcester County residents only. A representative from MDE will be on-site checking vehicle registration. Clean Ventures of Baltimore will be responsible for the safe disposal of all hazardous waste collected. The electronics will be shipped to an electronics recycler for dismantling. For more information, contact Worcester County Recycling Manager Ron Taylor at (410) 632-3177.