Leftover and expired household chemicals, pesticides, batteries, paint, and pharmaceuticals often end up in our landfills and waterways. According to reports, half a million kids age 5 and younger are poisoned by medications in their homes. Upstate Forever is working to ensure better disposal options for citizens. Upcoming events will be posted here as we learn of them.
Greenville County’s first HHW Drop-Off Day in many years was held on November 12 at VLS Services in Mauldin. Over 900 Greenville County residents were served in 5 hours – that breaks down to 3 cars per minute! This event was supported by Greenville Health System, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), the SC Ports Authority, and planning support was provided by Upstate Forever and VLS Services. The event collected unused pesticides, herbicides, household chemicals (such as paint thinner, paint stripper, and drain cleaner), old propane tanks, and even e-scrap (6.69 tons of e-scrap!). For information about certain household chemicals and items such as paint that you can dispose of through Greenville County Solid Waste, visit here for more information.
Project Rx, in partnership with the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health, has added a 24/7 free, anonymous drop box container to Greer Memorial Hospital, right outside the main entrance. Additional drop boxes are located at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Oconee Memorial Hospital, and one is planned for Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Simpsonville. Secure disposal is handled by Greenville Health System Police and local law enforcement. For more information about Project Rx and it’s efforts, click here. Spartanburg County’s drug disposal effort is coordinated through Spartanburg Water’s RxCycle Program. Find out more about their locations and hours at RxCycle.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office – 8045 Howard Street, Spartanburg
Greenville Memorial Hospital – 701 Grove Road, Greenville
Greer Memorial Hospital – 830 S. Buncombe Rd., Greer
Oconee Memorial Hospital – 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca
Greer Police Department – 102 S. Main St., Greer
Greenville Law Enforcement Center – 4 McGee St., Greenville
Greenville County: http://www.greenvillecounty.org/solid_waste/pdf/recycling_brochure.pdf
Pickens County: Paint is accepted at all manned convenience centers. For more information: http://www.co.pickens.sc.us/SolidWaste/Recycling/default.aspx
Spartanburg County: Latex paint is accepted at all 17 County Convenience Centers. A link to those centers is http://www.spartanburgcounty.org/govt/depts/pubwrks/Recycle/reccntr.html
Computers and electronic devices are banned from landfill disposal in South Carolina, but many of our Upstate counties have electronics recycling programs available, usually at no charge. Check your county’s solid waste and recycling website to find out where to drop these items off. If you cannot locate the information you need, please contact Shelley Robbins at Upstate Forever and she will hunt the information down for you (firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-327-0090 ext. 104).
Here’s more information about Upstate Forever’s efforts to ensure safe disposal of household hazardous materials and pharmaceuticals: