• Spring Cleaning? Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste April 18

        Spring is the perfect time to clean and organize your garage, basement, and cabinets. As you sort through your household, it is important to remember that items such as paints, stains, fuels, and cleaners should not be poured down the drain or thrown away in your household garbage. The Office of Solid Waste Management encourages you to bring these items and others to the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event on Saturday April 18, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Avenue, Purcellville.

        HHW includes items such as fluorescent bulbs, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, bathroom, kitchen and oven cleaners, pool chemicals, old fuels including gas/oil mixes, kerosene and diesel fuel, and many others. Latex or water-based paints are not a hazardous waste and can be dried or solidified and disposed of in your household garbage.

        Used motor oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, lead-acid batteries and propane tanks will not be accepted at any HHW collection events. They can be recycled year round at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility on Evergreen Mills Road.

        For more tips on proper paint disposal, identification of HHW, and the 2009 HHW event schedule, visit www.loudoun.gov/hhw or call the Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187.