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Originally published: 2014-05-09 09:40:35
Last modified: 2014-05-09 09:41:19

Community Pride Week

The Watauga County Board of Commissioners has designated May 12- 17 as "Community Pride Week" with the goal of improving the appearance of Watauga County.
 
During the week, Watauga County residents will have an opportunity to dispose of many types of waste at no charge, including old furniture, yard debris, appliances, electronics medications and household hazardous waste.

The items do not apply to commercial haulers or businesses.

"This week is all about working together to protect and conserve our vast natural resources, which is essential to the continued quality of life for the residents of Watauga County," Watauga County Recycling Manager Lisa Doty said. "We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for residents to dispose of their waste in an environmentally responsible way."

In addition, on May 17 the county will be participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet to collect prescription and over-the-counter medications and medical supplies "to keep our rivers and our children safe," according to county officials.

Following is a list of Community Pride Week events. All events are free for Watauga County residents.

FREE DISPOSAL OF RESIDENTIAL DEBRIS

When: Monday-Saturday, May 12-17. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Watauga County Landfill at 336 Landfill Road.

Items accepted include appliances, tires, furniture, metal, asphalt (no asphalt shingles), brick, cement, rocks, brush (no stumps).
 
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY
(Residential only, no commericial waste)

When: Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Watauga County Landfill at 336 Landfill Road.
Items accepted will include paint, antifreeze, ethylene, gasoline, lighter fluid, solid and liquid pesticides, oxidizers, household cleaners, etc.

The landfill will accept used oil, all types of household batteries (one time use and rechargeable), lead-acid batteries (car type) and fluorescent lights (tubes and CFLs) on this day or any time during the year.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

When: Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the three are Food Lions  -- U.S. 321 near Walmart; Hwy. 421/Old Hwy. 421; and in Blowing Rock, and at the Foscoe Fire Department on N.C. 105.

All prescription and over-the-counter medications and medical supplies canned be turned in. No questions will be asked.

Contact  Doty at (lisa.doty@watgov.org) or call (828) 265-4852 or (828) 264-5305 for more information about Community Pride Week or with questions about recycling.