“Spring Cleaning” may be a well-known phrase but, when it comes to cleanup events in Guilford County, fall is clearly also a time to clear out that old junk, poison and other hazardous waste.

This week, High Point announced a hazardous waste drop-off event for High Point residents.  On Saturday, Nov. 2., the city will open the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 1401 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and High Point residents will be able to drop off a wide range of household items at no charge.

Here’s a list from the city of items that are welcome that day:

  • Aerosols, batteries, bleach/cleaners, electronics, fire extinguishers, furniture polish, fluorescent bulbs, nail polish/removers
  • Adhesives, gas cylinders, paints, solvents, stains/varnish, strippers/thinners, wood and metal cleaner, wood preservatives
  • Antifreeze, auto batteries, brake fluid, cleaners/degreasers, diesel fuel, gasoline or mixed gas, motor oil and filters, transmission fluid
  • Herbicides, lighter fluid, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals
  • Electronics and tires (with a limit of 4 tires per visitor)

City staff will direct all vehicles through the site and will unload the materials.

The disposal event is for household waste only – not for businesses.

High Point is planning subsequent events for the first Saturdays of March  and May 2020.

November 2 is turning out to be a popular day for collecting waste in Guilford County.  As the Rhino Times reported earlier, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 2, county staff will be at Oak Ridge Elementary School at 2050 Oak Ridge Road in Oak Ridge collecting recyclable materials, electronic waste and other items.

The Oak Ridge event will also allow those who come by to drop off up to five boxes of documents to be shredded.  However, the list of items accepted for the Oak Ridge event doesn’t include toxic items such as antifreeze, solvents or rat poison.