EPA collects one million pounds of waste
Washington, DC— The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that an estimated
one million pounds of household hazardous waste has been collected
in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Household hazardous waste typically consists of cleaning products
found in most homes as well as lawn and garden products, pesticides
and herbicides, fuels and paints as well as batteries found in
Most of these ordinary household
products are safe when stored and used under normal circumstances
in the home, but can endanger the public when co-mingled. When
disposed along with ordinary household garbage and then taken
to a landfill for final disposal, these products can cause long
term damage to the environment.
EPA has worked with local agencies
and parishes to establish household hazardous waste collection
centers in the following parishes in Louisiana: St. Tammany, Lafourche,
Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, Vermillion, Cameron, and two
collection centers in Jefferson Parish.