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Originally published: 2013-10-17 09:48:00
Last modified: 2013-10-17 09:48:00

Our View: Saturday: A good day to clean house

While there is no carefree way to dispose of the dangerous household waste and unused medicines we accumulate throughout the year, there is a convenient and safe way to do so.

On Saturday, Watauga County will host two separate collection events -- one for unused medicines and one for hazardous waste. 

Both house-cleaning events are designed to allow county residents a day to properly dispose of items that could be dangerous if they fell into young hands, or hazardous if stored improperly.

Operation Medicine Cabinet is a no-questions-asked opportunity for residents to anonymously turn in unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications. This event not only helps residents clean out their medicine cabinets, it more importantly keeps those medicines from those who might be tempted to take them improperly -- across the nation, teens engage in more illegal drug activity through chemicals obtained in a relative's medicine chest than from street drugs.

Medicines will collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Food Lion stores in Boone, Bowing Rock and Deep Gap, and at Foscoe Fire Department on N.C. 105.

Hazardous Waste Day is an effort coordinated by the Watauga County Sanitation Department to help residents dispose of items such as paint, antifreeze, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides and cleaners.

Such items will be collected at the Watauga County landfill, 336 Landfill Road, only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

For safety, residents bringing items to this site must stay in their vehicles during the collection, should bring the waste items in original containers if possible and should avoid smoking during the event. 

Waste not want not? Saturday is your day to clean house.