Dispose of hazardous waste during Amnesty Day

Amnesty Day, which offers south Santa Rosa County residents the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge without having to drive to the central landfill in Milton, is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Santa Rosa County South Side Service Center located at 5819 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Midway. Amnesty Day is not a recycle day, but a special day for disposal of household hazardous waste.

Materials will also be accepted from conditionally exempt small quantity generators including small businesses, schools and growers at a reduced rate. Small quantity generators must call 850-981-7135 or 850- 983-4651 by noon on Friday, March 13, to schedule a drop-off time. Calls will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Residents are reminded that they can dispose of hazardous household waste at no charge year round, Mondays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Household Hazardous Waste Center located at the entrance of the central landfill, 6337 Da Lisa Road in Milton.

The following items should never be thrown out with household garbage. On Amnesty Day, citizens can dispose of up to 5 gallons each at no cost:

 

  • Engine and cooking oil
  • Gasoline
  • Paint
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil filters
  • Lubricants
  • Greases
  • Solvents
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Batteries
  • Helium tanks
  • Propane bottles
  • Pool cleaners
  • Household cleaners
  • Computers
  • Cathode Ray TV’s
  • Monitors
  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • DVD/DVR players
  • Typewriters
  • Copy machines
  • Battery backups
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Fire extinguishers

Residents will be required to remove any accepted items from their vehicle. Containers larger than 5 gallons will not be accepted. Tires, scrap metal, limbs, yard debris, or household garbage will not be accepted as part of Amnesty Day, but may be taken to the central landfill at a minimal charge.

Amnesty Day is made possible by Santa Rosa County in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Jim Reece of the Okaloosa County Environmental Office.

For more information, call 850-981-7135.

 

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