Paint and related materials leading items at household hazardous waste collection

Published 2:00 pm Sunday, July 9, 2023

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This spring, Dare and Currituck counties conducted household hazardous waste collections.

Dare County’s contractor was MXI Environmental Services LLC, of Abingdon, Va., which collected waste items at three locations: Kitty Hawk, Buxton and Manteo.

Currituck’s contractor was ECOFLO, of Greensboro, which collected waste in Corolla and Barco.

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On May 11, MXI Environmental Services set up a collection operation at Kitty Hawk Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kitty Hawk site was by far the largest collection point. Citizens brought in 26 different types of hazardous items for disposal or recycling.

In Buxton, 18 different types of items were collected May 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. In Manteo, 23 different types of items were collected May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At both Currituck locations, 16 different types of hazardous items were collected.

The leading item at all locations was pounds of latex paint: Kitty Hawk – 8,997 pounds; Buxton – 917 pounds and Manteo – 2,972 pounds. MXI has a separate category for pounds of paint-related materials: Kitty Hawk – 7,662 pounds; Buxton – 1,741 pounds and Manteo – 2,205 pounds.

MXI Environmental operates its own latex paint recycling facility for paint generated at collection events, like those in Dare County.

For Currituck, pounds of paint-related materials are only listed for Corolla at 422 pounds.

At all locations, fluorescent light bulbs were collected as were propane tanks and aerosols. In Dare, bulk antifreeze was collected at all locations.

On the invoices, the cost for each item is listed.

For Dare, MXI Environmental charged $27,417.05, which includes $10,865 in mobilization and labor costs. For Currituck, ECOFLO charged a total of $18,020.40, which includes fees for mobilization at $8,500, an energy surcharge fee and a field chemist fee.