The first Oregon County collection of hazardous waste will be April 12 at the courthouse square in Alton. Before this, a collection of scrap tires will be held Feb. 18 until Feb. 29 at the Oregon County Maintenance Shed on Highway 19 in Alton.
Tires can be brought to the Oregon County Maintenance Shed in Alton during the month of February, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As in past years, each collection is limited to 1,000 tires. Like the hazardous waste collection, businesses which sell tires or accept tires as a part of their business, cannot be accepted. Tires should be passenger size 20-inches or less and be off of the rim.
South Central Solid Waste Management District Coordinator Lynda Roehl said all types of paint, used oil, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, vehicle and button batteries as well as herbicides and pesticides will be picked up in the hazardous waste collection in April. Roehl said old computers, TVs and microwaves will be accepted as well.
"This collection will be open only to households, no businesses and no containers larger than five gallons," she said. Rohl said funding has been received for a business collection but the schedule for that collection has yet to be decided.
Roehl said last year the district received $350,000 to do projects in the seven county area served by the district.
"Some of the projects included district operations and training, 13 hazardous waste collections, 15 collections for electronics plus the collection of electronics from businesses and schools, 25 scrap tire collections, the clean up of several illegal dump sites, and illegal dump site prevention by funding 10 special clean ups for rural areas of the district," Roehl said.
She said other projects from the 2007 waste fund included a new vertical baler for the Oregon County Recycling Center, a storage building at the Ozark County Recycling Center, new curbside recycling bins at West Plains, a new truck to do curbside collections in the city of Houston, operating expenses for wages at the Douglas County Sheltered Workshop and a wood chipper for the Douglas County Recycling program.
Roehl said for the first quarter of this year the district has received $94,000 in funds. She said this will help with the 10 hazardous waste collections that have been set in the seven county districts this year.
Oregon County has also been approved to receive a baler and shredder for the Oregon County Sheltered Workshop at Alton.
Roehl said as soon as additional collection sites have been established she will inform the public.