The U.S. Army assisted the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance, LOWA, with the third Annual Household Hazardous Waste, HHHW, Reclamation Day Saturday, April 28 at the Camdenton High School parking lot. LOWA accepted Household Hazardous Waste from lake homeowners.
As a prerequisite to their Engineering Basic Officers Course, 21 U.S. Army Lieutenants from Fort Leonard Wood chose to volunteer at the HHHW to complete their eight hours of required community service. “It all went very smoothly, like clockwork,” said LOWA Executive Director Donna Swall. “What made the difference was U.S. Army. Their strong muscles were wonderful for lifting and popping open cans of paint.”
The soldiers also assisted with handling a fork lift and directing traffic. Senior volunteers did the paper work and handed out brochures.
The reclamation day was an opportunity for homeowners to dispose of major appliances, paint, oil thinner, nail polish, pesticides, oil, cleaning supplies, aluminum cans, electronics, batteries, cell phones, and electronics and other household hazardous waste products in a responsible manner. LOWA also received appliances for the first time this year. Disposal of these hazardous materials into household drains and land-fills has the potential to pollute the watershed.
According Swall, approximately 300 households dropped off hazardous waste this year compared to 483 in 2011. “That was considerably less than last year. I hope it means we are doing a good job and getting things cleaned up,” said Swall. Approximately 467 families dropped off electronics. Exact poundage and numbers won’t be known until next week.
The 2011 HHHW disposed of 30,000 pounds of electronic waste and paint and 26,780 pounds of hazardous waste.
The HHHW Reclamation Day was funded through a $24,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources District T Solid Waste.
According to Swall, the next HHHW Reclamation Day is planned for April 2013. “Start saving recyclables and help keep our watershed clean,” said Swall.