What Is Hazardous Waste?

By Benjamin Forcier Hazardous waste is dfined by the EPA as waste with properties that make it dangerous or capable of having a harmful effect on human health or the environment. Hazardous waste can take many forms and is produced from an array of sources. Knowing what constitutes hazardous waste and how to dispose of different types can help us limit the environmental impact of harmful effects brought on by improper disposal. The EPA uses 4 characteristics to categorize hazardous wastes meaning waste is deemed hazardous when it has: Ignitability, or something flammable Corrosivity, or something that can rust or decompmose Reactivity, or something explosive Toxicity, or something poisonous Now one might think that this doesn’t apply to them – maybe it seems like this is something industries should worry about – but there are plenty of sources for hazardous waste in the average household. Below are some of the more common examples that could be found in one’s home: Stains, varnishes, & paint Moth balls Wood & metal polish Cooking oil/ grease Drain cleaners Fire extinguishers Glass cleaners Chlorine bleach Batteries Kerosene/ lighter fluid Automotive fluids Nail Polish remover Pesticides & herbicides Paint Rug deodorizer Perscription drugs If you are disposing of any of these items or other materials you’re unsure about, be sure to check the instructions on the product label for how to properly dispose of them. If you’re still unsure, or wish to learn more about the hazardous waste in your home, feel free to visit the EPA web page on household hazardous…

Reducing Waste in the Yard

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier As temperatures rise and springtime ushers in nature’s beauty, the garden is calling out to you. Putting in a little bit of hard work and time can result in having one’s own personal grocery store right outside-or possibly even inside- their home. The yard is also beckoning for some love as well, now that it’s finally growing again. However, with the increase of yard work and gardening comes an increase in related waste. Let’s explore some methods to keep the yeardwork eco-friendly, reduce waste, and promote healthy plants & animals. Choosing to plant flora that is native to your area attracts wildlife like birds and butterflies, and since they are used to the local climate;they reduce the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and extra watering. Trimming only the top third of your grass (lowers strain on regrowth ensures that deep, healthy roots can grow, reducing the need for fertilizer and trimmings acquired via mowing) Using organic mulch like wood chips, bark, leaves, and pine needles can help limit the growth of weeds in flower beds and retains the temperature and moisture of soil. Substituting grass sections of your lawn for mulch can greatly reduce water usage and make maintenance easier. While mowing the lawn: compost or leave grass clippings in your yard as they will help keep it moist and healthy And whether you’re doing yard or garden work, composting is a great help as well: Large portion of current landfill items are entirely compostable Provides free, or next to free, fertilizer for garden or lawn Makes use of scraps from both the tabletop and from yard or garden work While we at Vixster strive to provide a quality, flexible service picking up your trash and recycling, we also hope that our customers or other readers use sustainable tactics to lower the amount of trash they ever need to throw away. For more information on lawn care, gardening, or landscaping, please visit http://ucanr.edu/ or feel free to look up information on your…

Spurring Your Community in Recycling Efforts

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier People don’t always do what they know is the right thing; eating healthy, stretching daily, and getting enough sleep every night are among the concepts that we are so familiar with, that we lose sight of all the benefits and great things they provide. Recycling is one of these concepts, yet gets ignored even more frequently because we don’t directly feel personal benefits from recycling; the Earth does. While people know about recycling, and what it provides for the planet- often times they can become passive or forgetful without reminders. This is why you should strive to help aid your community’s recycling efforts, bring awareness to those around you, and spur those people into adopting good recycling habits. Below are some ideas and tips to use when planning things out. Lead by example – do some recycling yourself Educate others and yourself about the process Make recycling cans more readily available than normal trash bins Post eye-catching fliers around in visible spots where people frequent Speak to others directly about recycling Consult the local community or municipality to create drop-offs and special events Volunteer at early grade schools to help educate younger kids early Of course, these aren’t the only options available, but it’s a good start for those wanting to improve their community. Feel free to look up more ways and guides on how to increase recycling efforts on your own or consult local experts on the matter. We at Vixster seeks to promote more sustainable efforts, and recycling is a great…

Composing Compost: Surprising Do’s and Don’ts

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier With the seasons’ lawn care or gardening efforts potentially underway, another great step to reduce waste is to compost it. Practicing composting will not only prevent filling up trash & recycling bins too quickly, but it will provide your lawn & garden with a natural fertilizer that improves growth, increases soil stability, improves drainage, and retains moisture. Of course, one won’t be tossing cans or plastics in the pile, but leftover food and the natural scraps of what’s been eaten can still serve another purpose besides being landfill filling, among other things. However, some compostable and non-compostable items may not be readily obvious. Below, we try to explore some of the more interesting things that fall on either side of the composting spectrum. Do Don’t Hair / Pet fur Pet Feces or Litter Newspaper & uncoated paper Meat or fish bones Tea Bags Diseased & Insect-Infested Plants Coffee Grounds & Filters Black Walnut tree (leaves & Twigs) Uncoated Cardboard Dairy Products Sawdust & Woodchips Grease & oil Layer Compost with Soil Large pieces of material (shred it) Cotton & Wool Rags Charcoal Ash Vaccum & Dryer Lint Anything treated with pesticides Even if you aren’t planning on making a garden of your own, compost can still be helpful to take care of your yard and cut down on costs surrounding the purchase of fertile soil. For more information on what you can and can’t compost, as well as its benefits, please visit https://www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home. We at Vixster are proud to support sustainable practices and even hope to begin offering compost-related services…

Don’t Buy-n-Burn!

By Robert Grigg & Benjamin Forcier Unfortunately for many people, especially in rural zones, trash and recycling services do not operate with full coverage. Due to this, driving a long way out to dispose of trash and recyclables rapidly becomes unviable, leading many to burn their trash with few other options available. However, despite what some may think, burning trash does not simply remove the problem, and actually endangers those performing it. Not only are the fumes and gasses released from the burned materials harmful for the environment, but their toxicity can also heavily impact nearby wildlife inhaling the smoke. In addition to this, in many of the places Vixster operates, forest fires have recently been a fairly large problem, so a third layer of danger is added to the use of flame-bound disposal. Some sources estimate that 40% of all waste produced globally is disposed of by burning, resulting in the release of several dangerous pollutants. These pollutants make up a great portion of annual emmisions and can cause cancer, produce smog, and damage neighborhoods and ecosystems. Pullutants emitted from burning garbage include: Carbon (5% of annual total) Small Particulate matter (29% of annual total) Murcury (10% of annual total) Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (40% of annual total) While still a viable solution for other problems – lighting it on fire is NOT the best solution for our garbage problem. Help us fight this pollution by prioritizing zero-waste practices such as recycling, reducing, and composting. We at Vixster hope that by offering an affordable and accessible service, we can help cut down on these harmful practices. For more information, feel free to visit https://archive.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/web/html/index-3.html or other sources at your…

Mitchell County, NC Landfill

Items to EXCLUDE from your recycling Styrofoam Coffee cups Paint Cans Cookware Dishes Light Bulbs Plastic Bags Window Panes Clay Flower Pots Mirrors Pizza Boxes Hazardous Waste DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW The Mitchell County Sanitation Department has four recycling convenience centers located throughout the county. These centers accept household trash and recyclable materials such as glass, aluminum, newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard, and plastic milk and soft drink containers. The centers also accept white goods (appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, and dryers), electronics, pesticide containers, tires, and metals. Mitchell County encourages recycling An attendant staffs each center during operation hours. Please see the attendant if you have questions or need help. In addition to the four recycling convenience centers, the department operates a mobile unit that travels to five different locations in the county. The mobile unit attendant can accept household trash, newspaper, mixed paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum cans, and plastic containers. Mitchell/Yancey County Convenience Center Locations Altapass 2097 Altapass Hwy, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. March 1 to October 31 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 1 to February 28 Bakersville Highway 226, Mine Creek Road 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. March 1 to October 31 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 1 to February 29 Buladean NC-226 Hughes Gap Rd Bakersville, NC 28705 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. March 1 to October 31 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 1 to February 30 Red Hill NC-197 Bakersville, NC 28705 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. March 1 to October 31 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 1 to February 31 Mitchell/Yancey Landfill 300 Hickory Springs Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714 Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m East Yancey/Burnsville Center 130 Burnsville School Road, Burnsville, NC Mon-Sat 7:00am-7:00pm 197N/Green Mountain Center 3805 State Highway 197 North, Burnsville, NC Mon-Sat 7:00am-7:00pm Riverside Center 2030 US Highway 19-E, Mars Hill NC Mon-Sat 7:00am-7:00pm Egypt/Ramseytown Center 8650 US-19, Burnsville, NC 28714 Mon-Sat 7:00am-7:00pm Pensacola/197S Center 8137 State Highway 197, Burnsville, NC Mon-Sat 7:00am-7:00pm South Toe/NC 80S Center 300 Hickory Springs Rd, Burnsville, NC Mon-Sat…

Yadkin County, NC Landfill

Items to EXCLUDE from your recycling Styrofoam Coffee cups Paint Cans Cookware Dishes Light Bulbs Plastic Bags Window Panes Clay Flower Pots Mirrors Pizza Boxes Hazardous Waste Fees for Disposal Recyclable material: Free Garbage bags: Through the Solid Waste Household Fee (through the tax bill) with sticker – no charge for bagged household waste $70 per ton (landfill only), effective July 1, 2018 ($8.00 minimum) – (waived for DOT Roadside Collections) Scrap Tires not documented or generated in North Carolina $80 per ton Electronics: TVs and Computers up to 32 inches Complete and intact $6 per unit TVs and Computers up to 32 inches Broken and/or with parts missing $10 per unit TVs and Computers larger than 32 inches Complete and intact $10 per unit TVs and Computers up to 32 inches Broken and/or with parts missing $20 per unit Yadkin County Convenience Center Locations Yadkin County Landfill 1149 Landfill Rd, Yadkinville, NC Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #1 1008 CATHERINE LANE, JONESVILLE Mon, Thurs, and Fri 11:00am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #2 3016 MARANATHA CH. RD., HAMPTONVILLE Mon and Thurs 11:00am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #3 1810 Patterson Mill Rd, Yadkinville, NC Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #4 3304 Dal Rd, East Bend, NC Mon and Thurs 11:00am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #5 1209 Lone Hickory Rd, Yadkinville, NC Mon and Thurs 11:00am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #6 1405 Speer Bridge Rd, Yadkinville, NC Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 11:00am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-2:00pm Site #7 3240 Hamptonville Rd, Hamptonville, NC Sat…

Wilkes County, NC Transfer Station

Landfill Services & Prices The Wilkes County Landfill no longer accepts swapping recyclables for trash. The Wilkes County Landfill is open Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All Commercial Loads, Construction and Demolition, Brush, Pallets and Animal Carcasses will not be accepted after 5:00 pm daily. Wilkes County Waste Only All waste accepted is subject to a screening procedure before accepting! No Liquid or Hazardous Waste will be accepted! Wilkes County Landfill Charges Solid Waste – $43 per ton Shingles – $38 per ton Asbestos – $43 per ton Commercial Glass – $39 per ton Mobile Home – $180 per unit – Must be empty Per Bag Rates 13 gallon – $.35 30 gallon – $.65 Over 30 gallon – $1.15 Electronic Disposal Fees All Televisions 32 inch and under – $6 per TV All Televisions over 32 inch – $8 per TV Computer Monitors – $7 per Monitor Miscellaneous Items – $1 per item Includes: hard drives, modems, plug and play devices, desktop printers & copiers, VCR’s, DVD players, fax machines, and small electronic house hold appliances. Fluorescent Bulb Disposal Fees 2 feet – $.50 per bulb 4 to 8 feet – $1 per bulb CFL – $.10 per bulb Pricing Subject to change with notice Recyclable Materials Accepted at No Charge Aluminum and Steel Cans, Antifreeze, Batteries (Lead Acid Only), Glass Bottles and Jars, Newspaper, Magazines and Cardboard, No Bagged Recyclables (Must empty bags into Recycling Bins), Plastic bottles (rim must be smaller than the bottle and have a screw top opening Number 2-7), Tires (Off rim), Used Motor Oil and Filter, White goods (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers and hot water heaters) Wilkes County Convenience Center Locations Roaring River Landfill 9219 Elkin Highway Roaring River, NC 28669 Mon-Sat 7:00am-6:00pm Grassy Fork 960 Grassy Fork Road Elkin, NC 286 Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm Sat 8:00am-5:00pm Mt. Pleasant Mt Pleasant Convenience Center, U.S. 421, Ferguson, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm Sat 8:00am-5:01pm Mt. Carmel 1320 Mt. Carmel Church Road Moravian Falls, NC 28654 Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm Sat 8:00am-5:02pm Hwy 115 Unmanned Center 3200 Statesville Rd North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 Accessible at all times Hwy 18 N. Unmanned Center 101 Northwest Market Place Drive, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659 Accessible at all…

Watauga County, NC Transfer Station

Items to EXCLUDE in your recycling: Wire Fencing Propane Tanks Aerosol Cans Compost Used Napkins Used Paper Towels Used Tissues Liquids or Foods Medical Waste Plastic Coated Items Clothing Water Hoses Treated Lumber Plastic Bags Window Glass Wax Coated Items *Plastic bags can be recycled at all grocery stores. Items to recycle at 336 Landfill Road, Boone, NC ONLY: Hazardous Waste Materials Old Tires Cooking Oil/Grease Used Motor Oil Yard Waste Appliances *Rims allowed on old tires *Appliances include: A/C Units, Water Tanks, Electronics, TV’s, Computers, Microwaves, etc. *Large tube lights and car batteries *Fees may apply on these items. Items to recycle at ANY/ALL Watauga County Collection Sites: Glass All colors accepted; place blue with the brown Corrugated Cardboard Must be flattened Plastics Grades 1-7 with lids, Egg cartons, most to-go cups and trays (grade 6 – PS) Paper & Pasteboard Newspaper, junk mail, clean food boxes, etc. Tin & Aluminum Food containers should be rinsed clean Batteries & Light Smaller batteries and light bulbs. Watauga County Convenience Center Locations: Old Landfill Convenience Center and Landfill 336 Landfill Road, Boone, NC, 28607 Mon – Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm Sun 1:00am-5:00pm (closes one hour early in winter) Aho Convenience Center 5645 hwy 321 south, blowing rock, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Bethel Convenience Center 4859 Bethel Road, Vilas, NC Mon, Tue, Thu 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Deep Gap Convenience Center 8165 Hwy. 421 South, Deep Gap, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Green Valley Convenience Center 6165 hwy 194 N, Todd, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Valle Crucis Convenience Center 5400 North Carolina 194, Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604 Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Cove Creek/Zionville Convenience Center 8600 hwy 421 N, zionville, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) 221 South Convenience Center 5600 hwy 221 south, blowing rock, nc Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Triplett Convenience Center 125 Jake’s Mountain Road, Deep Gap, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in winter) Foscoe Convenience Center 10307 Hwy 105, Banner Elk, NC Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30am-7:00pm Sat 8:00am-7:00pm (all close one hour earlier in…

Sullivan County, TN Transfer Station

KINGSPORT TRANSFER STATION 1921 Brookside Lane, Kingsport, TN 37660 Phone: (423) 224-1719 Bristol Transfer Station 804 Raytheon Road, Bristol, TN 37620 Phone: (423) 878-1880 Hours 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. M-F except designated holidays. Recycling Drop Off Sites Hours: Open 24 hours A number of the sites have lighting, while others may not. The following Sites are accepting: Mixed Paper, Magazines, Cardboard, Glass, Aluminum & Tin Cans Blountville Middle School Football Field 1651 State Hwy 37 Colonial Heights 101 Lakecrest Dr. Holston Valley Middle School 1717 Bristol Cavern Hwy Sullivan Middle School 4154 Sullivan Garden Dr. Piney Flats Food City 5970 Hwy 11E Northeast State Community College Indiana State Community College 333 Hill Rd City of Kingsport Near Near 635 W Industry Drive Accepting: Mixed Paper, Magazines, Cardboard, Glass Aluminum, Tin Cans, Propane Tanks, Used Oil, Anti-Freeze, Batteries, Appliances and Electronics (computers, monitors, keyboards, games and televisions) and house hold garbage. Latex paint can be dried and put with regular garbage (please note: latex paint must be completely dry upon disposal) Oil based paint is accepted at both stations. Oil based paint is not required to be dry upon disposal. Hazardous Chemical Collection Sites are scheduled periodically, normally 1 per year at Central High School. Dates to be…