Residents drop-off hazardous household waste at annual event

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of Hattiesburg-area residents helped the Pine Belt stay green this Halloween by bringing their stockpiles of household hazardous waste to the annual, "Right Way to Throw Away Day" in Hattiesburg and Purvis.

In the Hub City, hundreds of carloads of waste oil and chemicals, old tires and appliances were brought to the Bobby Chain Airport Saturday, where several private disposal companies were on hand to collect them.

It was all done to protect the local environment.

"It reduces our carbon footprint, or helps the environment, so we don't have these types of things that end up on the side of our roads, or dumped in our wooded areas that ends up in our streams and with the partnership that we have here today is making it possible for us to offer this to the public," said John Brown, assistant to mayor Johnny Dupree of Hattiesburg.

The "Right Way to Throw Away Day" was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

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