It’s that time again for residents of Hope Mills to get rid of hazardous waste and outdated sensitive documents. Saturday, May 4, the town holds its annual shredding and hazardous waste collection event, along with the annual litter sweep.
The shredding and hazardous collection will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and the litter sweep takes place from 9 a.m. until noon. There is also a registration period for the litter sweep only beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Beth Brown, stormwater technician for the town of Hope Mills, said all the events will be basically the same as last year.
She reminds people coming to the shred event that the actual shredding of documents won’t take place on-site.
They will be picked up either later Saturday or as late as Monday to be transported elsewhere for the shredding.
If the material to be shredded has to be kept overnight before being removed, it will be locked inside containers and then stored in a secured, locked location in Hope Mills.
Residents may bring up to five boxes of material to be shredded. Paper products should be brought for shredding, but paper clips, binders and staples are also acceptable.
That Saturday will be a busy one for the town as the first Good 2 Grow farmers market will be taking place on adjacent property at the Town Hall complex.
For the shred event, the easiest point of access is the road between the police department (5776 Rockfish Rd.) and town hall (5770 Rockfish Rd.).
There will be sandwich boards in place to direct people coming as to the best place to enter the area off Rockfish Road.
Brown said the people collecting the hazardous waste prefer that those bringing material to drop off do not get out of their cars or trucks.
They should leave their material in the trunk or somewhere the workers collecting the material can easily access it. This is to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.
Those who would like to get out of their cars are asked to park in the back area of town hall and visit the farmers market.
To participate in the litter sweep, people need to sign up in advance at the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department, or at the 8:30 a.m. signup period the day of the event.
Children are welcome to take part in the litter pickup, but they need to be accompanied by adults, Brown said.
The parks and recreation staff will provide materials needed to help with the litter sweep, including gloves, bags, bottled water, safety vests and other items.
The town will identify specific areas that need to be cleaned up, or those participating can agree to clean up their own street or neighborhood.
“Most folks focus on a stretch of the larger streets,’’ Brown said. “We would like to get the whole town, townwide, cleaned with different groups of people.’’
For questions about the hazardous waste pickup and shred event, call town hall at 910-424-4555. For questions about the litter sweep, call the parks and recreation department at 910-424-4500.
WHAT TO BRING
From the workbench:
• Adhesives, glues, resins
• Hobby supplies, artist supplies
• Oil paints
• Stains, thinners, stripper
From the garage:
• Car batteries, dry cell batteries
• Engine degreasers, brake fluids
• Transmission fluids
• Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline)
From the yard:
• Insecticides, weed killers, poisons
• Propane cylinders
• Swimming pool chemicals
• Wood preservatives
From the home:
• Aerosol cans
• Cleaners, spot removers
• Computers, electronic equipment
• Hearing aid (button-style) batteries
• Ni-Cad batteries
• Photo chemicals, chemistry sets
DO NOT BRING
• Ammunition, fireworks, explosives
• Infectious and biological waste
• Radioactive waste
• Unknown compressed gas cylinders