Forrest County hosts Clean Up Day for non-hazardous waste

Forrest County hosts Clean Up Day for non-hazardous waste

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County residents got rid of old tires, scrap metal and other non-hazardous waste during a county and state-sponsored Clean Up Day Saturday.

Eight sites were set up across the county to accept old TVs, computers, yard waste and discarded appliances.

County employees were on hand to collect the items and get them ready for recycling or proper disposal.

The Clean Up Day is sponsored by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

"We really don't want any of the recyclable waste to go to the rubbish sites or the Class D landfill," said Chris Bowen, District 5 supervisor for Forrest County. "So, we make sure we pull out all the metals and all the appliances and electronics and tires and anything that we can pull out that will lessen the amount that we have headed to the rubbish sites and the landfills."

The Clean Up Day is held about twice each year.

Forrest County and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality also host a household hazardous waste collection day once each year for items including paint, used motor oil and household chemicals.