Recycling Household Hazardous Waste

I spent last Saturday morning with Geri Blakey from the City of Moberly Household Hazardous Waste recycling program.   Boy, it was an enlightening time!    First off, if you haven’t heard, the City of Moberly has a recycling program where you can bring your unused paint, stains, varnish, household chemicals, pesticides, yard chemicals, and they will recycle it!

 

Now it sounds easy, but a lot of work goes into this…first off, someone brings in a load of used paint, for example.  Geri will  help you carry it in.  She weighs everything so she can see what comes in and what goes out.  She told me that she recycled approximately 4 tons of paints last year, and is on target for a similar amount this year.

 

I know what 360 pounds of paint feels like.  I helped clean out a basement of a house I’m helping to sell.  There were at least 40 gallons of paint cans left from a prior owner.  Up and down the stairs for what felt like a zillion times.  It was a good workout.  Good thing the weather was cooler!

 

So Geri will weigh the product and have you fill in your name and address, so she can monitor where her program is reaching to.  I was amazed at how many “regulars” she had come by to see what she had that they could reuse.  Often she has art teachers from local schools and colleges come by to get supplies.  This helps in their “budget.”  Last Saturday there were several couples come by to get paint so they could repaint the inside of a place they were renting or buying for their kids.  The supplies she recycles are all free!

 

I was amazed that she had lots of shades of stain.  How many times has my husband gone to the local hardware store to buy some stain for a small project?

 

This place will accept used batteries, cell phones, and oils of most types.   I was surprised at accepting oils.  Geri told me she takes the used oil to the street barn, and they burn oil in their furnace.  So it all gets used!

 

If you haven’t discovered the Hazardous Household Waste center yet, bookmark this.  It’s next door to the dog pound, the building with the green metal roof just off the outer road past the Assembly of God Church in Moberly, MO.  Normally she is open from 8 to noon on the second Saturday of the month.  In November, she will be open on the first Saturday due to the second Saturday being the craft show at the Activity Center.  She’s having a display with rain barrels.  She keeps busy!

 

Call Geri Blakey at 660-263-7164 or email at gblakey@cityofmoberly.com if you have any questions.

This public service announcement courtesy of Jane Loeber, Advantage Real Estate.

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