City will expand waste collection items

Mar. 26—HIGH POINT — The city has rescheduled the date of the free hazardous waste collection that was canceled last weekend because of inclement weather as organizers expand the type of materials High Point residents can bring for disposal.

The new date for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at the city facility at 1401 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Since the event's inception last decade, the city has accepted materials such as paint and related products, motor oil and related fluids, household cleaners, pesticides, electronics and up to four tires without rims.

But starting with the next event, High Point city residents can bring prescription drugs, medications and expired medicines to be collected by the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.

Also, the High Point Police Department will collect flares, ammunition, fireworks and broken firearms.

The new items for collection will become part of the program going forward, High Point Recycling Program Coordinator Teresa Baker said.

"We want to create a one-stop shop," Baker told The High Point Enterprise. "It is so crucial to send these items down the right pathway for so many reasons."

During five drop-off events in 2022 and 2023 the city collected 52,420 pounds of hazardous materials.

For more information on the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day contact Baker at teresa.baker@highpointnc.gov.

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