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Brent Laroque with Envirotec checks the pH of a liquid at the city complex at 1010 High St. for the city's Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday. Because the liquid turned blue, it has a pH of 10, which means it's not a very acidic substance.
The City of Moose Jaw wants everyone’s hazardous waste.
On Oct. 19 the city will have its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the city complex, 1010 High St. W.
“The city is offering this program every year for the residents because people might (clean out) their basement,” said Mahabub Zaman, manager of Engineering with the city. “We’re going into fall and at this time people might be interested to bring those materials and it is an overall system to better manage the waste.”
He said the city will accept any hazardous waste items from the household. Any unwanted solvents, chemicals or any items marked as flammable, corrosive and toxic.
However, paint is not accepted.
“Paint can be delivered to SARCAN,” said Zaman. “SARCAN has well-established procedures to handle the paint.”
He said in the past the city has received a “multitude of materials” in the past, but commercial items aren’t accepted, only household materials.
“Every year we collect a whole lot of things. Sometimes we get two, three barrels of batteries. We get a lot of oil, not paint but engine oil,” said Zaman. “Last year we got a lot of fluorescent tubes.”
The city and the environment advisory committee work together to provide the waste collection day.
“People are participating and (it’s) as a part of the city’s commitment to provide services to the residents,” said Zaman.
He added it’s important to drop their items off by 3 p.m.
“Sometimes we see that some of the people are coming after 3 p.m. (but) actually, we close at that time,” said Zaman. “We are encouraging people to come within the timeline and drop their hazardous materials off.”
Under the Saskatchewan Paint Stewardship Program, SARCAN accepts paint during regular operational hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
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