Regional Household Hazardous Waste day keeps south shore water safe

Released June 15, 2020 by Claire Galkowski, South Shore Recycling Cooperative

South Shore Recycling Cooperative Member Towns had planned seven household hazardous waste collections this spring.  Like most everything else, SARS Cov2 changed those plans. Residents were nearly left holding their old gasoline, pool chemicals and pesticides, but for the valiant efforts of the SSRC, the Town of Cohasset, the South Shore Music Circus, and DPWs in Scituate, Duxbury, Pembroke and Weymouth.
 
Our one and only HHW “Mega” collection this spring was a beautiful day all around- perfect weather, great teamwork, and residents who followed the (many) rules.  We were prepared for a much bigger crowd, having no idea what to expect after 6 event cancellations this spring.  This seventh one was also originally cancelled, then  revived and relocated to the South Shore Music Circus, leaving only a week to publicize.

The SSMC showed outstanding community spirit and generosity in allowing the use of its perfect parking lot.This was the first event the SSRC conducted with MXI Environmental, which ran an impressive operation.  Staff from Scituate,  Duxbury, Pembroke and Weymouth, together with SSRC’s Executive Director, and Hazardous Waste Specialist Lorraine Mavrogeorge, hummed like a well oiled machine, arriving early, masked and well prepared. Two police officers on duty from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s office kept order.
 
Despite only a week of publicity, nearly 400 residents came from all 16 SSRC towns with mountains of hazardous material.  Altogether, the event enabled the proper disposal of about 2000 gallons of dangerous liquids and 3500 pounds of toxic solids, protecting transfer station staff, sanitation workers, fire fighters and our groundwater. View pictures here. (with thanks to my friend and photographer, Molly St. John Lynch)

HHW collections will start up again in September. 
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