Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring e-cycling coming up: recycle electronics, shred documents, hazardous waste at Fort Totten

The city has released the schedule for the next few dates for what they call "e-cycling" where you can take your old electronics, batteries, personal documents for shredding and household hazardous waste: things like cooking oil, pesticides, cleaning fluids and such.

You have to go to the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station, they won't pick them up from your house, but it's free! Read on for more info.
DPW Offers Options to Dispose of HHW/E-cycling/Personal Documents for Shredding in April 2016Check www.dpw.dc.gov for 2016 drop-off, document shredding schedules.
(Washington, DC) The DC Department of Public Works announced today the April 2016 schedule for disposing of household hazard waste, e-cycling and personal documents for shredding at the Fort Totten Transfer Station*.
Weekly, Saturday HHW and e-cycling drop-off schedule:  April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 26 between 8 am and 3 pm.
Monthly, weekday HHW and e-cycling drop-off: Thursday, March 31. Every month, weather permitting, DPW will accept HHW and e-cycling the Thursday before the first Saturday between 1 pm and 5 pm. 
Monthly, Saturday personal document shredding is April 2 between 8 am and 3 pm. DPW will accept personal documents for shredding the first Saturday of the month only.
District residents may bring HHW items such as cooking oil, pesticides, pet flea control and cleaning fluids to Fort Totten, along with e-cycling items such as computers, televisions and other unwanted electronic equipment. For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on this link www.dpw.dc.gov, and navigate to Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off. DPW does not accept latex paint, which can be disposed of in the trash. Paint must be dried out by adding an absorbent, such as kitty litter or sawdust, to it before it goes in the trash.
On the first Saturday of the month only, residents may bring no more than five boxes of personal documents to be shredded. No business or commercial material will be accepted. Personal documents to be shredded will be accepted only on the first Saturday (except holidays) because these documents cannot be protected until the shredding contractor arrives on the first Saturday of the month. 
DPW reminds residents that certain batteries (lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts) should be taped before being brought to Fort Totten. Lithium-based batteries are most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras and laptops. Also, hearing aids, watches and keyless remotes typically use button cells that contain lithium. To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking or electrical tape on the batteries' terminals. Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape. Examples are pictured at http://dpw.dc.gov/node/414902. Place these batteries in a separate container from other batteries that don't require being taped, e.g., A, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries. 
Under the residential use requirements for Ft. Totten, vehicles with commercial license tags will not be allowed access. Additionally, tag-a-long trailers; stake-body trucks; trucks or rental vehicles longer than 14 feet; and vehicles with side boards, and/or ladders/ladder racks will not be allowed access. 
*Directions to Fort Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE: Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street. Directions from additional locations can be found at http://dpw.dc.gov/node/414922.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides essential city services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making our District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible for all residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.

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