By: Lynne Hart
For many years our recycling center has worked with the Limestone County Commission to place large green recycling trailers in strategic locations throughout Limestone County. We are happy to report that cardboard collection trailers have been added to most locations.

Ruby McCartney, Plant Manager of our Recycling Center, and center staff work hard to ensure that these collection centers are serviced weekly. When staff have to take the time to clean up dumped materials or rush out to service a trailer that has been reported as overflowing when it’s not, time is wasted and precious funds spent. Here are just a few things the center staff would like you to know:

• If one section of the trailer is full, check the other side. Often staff come to service a trailer and find one side overfilled with bags left on the ground, only to find that the section for this material on the opposite side of the trailer is nearly empty.
• Do not dump materials the center does not accept. When time has to be taken to clean up roofing shingles, mattresses, and other household junk, time and funds are wasted. The recycling center must haul these items back and place them in their dumpster, which is not free. The center must pay every time their dumpster is emptied. The county does not pick up the trash left at the trailers, so it becomes the task of our employees.

Please know that the schools can tell us at any time they no longer wish to have our trailers on their property. If the dumping continues (as seen in photos), then some of the county community recycling centers may have to be removed. Please don’t dump, and if you see it happening, report it. Please help us keep these community collection centers open for you.

Recycling trailers located at the following locations are for community use and are serviced by the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center on a continual basis.

• Athens Bible School
• East Limestone High School
• Cedar Hill Elementary
• East Limestone High School
• Owens Elementary
• West Limestone High School
• Elkmont High School
• Johnson Elementary
• Clements High School
• Ardmore High School
• Ardmore Police Station (no cardboard trailer)
• Piney Chapel Elementary

• Aluminum Cans
• Metal Cans
• Plastic Bottles/Containers #1 and #2 only
• Glass Jars/Bottles – all colors
• Newspaper
• Office Paper (shredded OK)
• Junk Mail, Magazines, Books/Phone Books (shredded OK)
• Cardboard (please flatten to save space)
Smaller Trailers are located at:
• Bay Hill Marina (no cardboard)
• Little Elk Missionary Baptist Church (no cardboard)
Our Athens-Limestone Recycling Center located at 15896 Lucas Ferry Rd. in Athens, accepts all of the above-mentioned items as well as the following materials on a DAILY BASIS:
• Electronics (during business hours – TVs $10 each))
• Used motor oil
• Used cooking oil

It is our mission to provide convenient places for every resident in Limestone County to recycle. We are here to serve the Limestone County community, and with your help we will do just that for many years to come.
By: Lynne Hart

By: Lynne Hart
There are many people, and we hope you are one, who want to recycle everything they can. It is our hope to provide outlets for as many materials as possible.

KALB’s Recycling Center is part of our non-profit organization. We must be very responsible with how funds are spent by constantly analyzing markets to be sure we are accepting materials for which we have a responsible buyer/recycler.

Each time we have items dumped at the center that we are not authorized to take, money must be spent to dispose of them, taking precious funding away from proper recycling. Each time household hazardous waste materials are dumped at the center, we are left with materials that should not be stored in with all of the flammable materials we do recycle. We have no outlet for these materials which is a huge burden to our organization.

Here are a few tips and reminders about what our Recycling Center on Lucas Ferry Rd. in Athens currently will and will not accept.

ACCEPTED ITEMS (* indicates materials also accepted at County Community Collection Centers)
*Plastics: #1 and #2 containers, such as water and soda bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, laundry soap and shampoo bottles, and more. Check for a 1 or 2 inside the recycling triangle.
*Glass: Bottles and jars ONLY. NO other glass/ceramic items are accepted.
*Aluminum: Aluminum cans and scrap aluminum. Not sure if it is aluminum? If a magnet will not stick to it, place it in the aluminum bin.
*Metal: Metal food cans and scrap metals. A magnet will stick to scrap metals (except aluminum – see above).
*Paper: Newspaper (including all inserts), junk mail, magazines, phone books, hard and soft-cover books, and mixed paper are accepted. A good rule of thumb: If it tears, it is recyclable.
*Cardboard: Cardboard is always accepted. Please break down boxes to save space in the recycling trailers and bins, especially on the weekends. Our management staff often have to work weekends to keep control of overflow. This would not be necessary if boxes were flattened before being tossed in the bins.
Electronics: All electronics (anything with a cord or batteries) are accepted. There is a charge for TV sets. All other electronics are currently accepted free of charge.
Cooking Oil: In cooperation with the City Wastewater Department, containers are provided free of charge for residents to collect cooking fats, oils, and grease. Cages with the containers are located at the Recycling Center on Lucas Ferry Rd., at the KALB office at 125 East St., and at the City Utility Building.
Motor Oil: May be poured into a collection container in front of the Recycling Center, or it can be left in a container with a secure lid.

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED The center cannot accept items for which we have no buyer. Items left at the center that are not on the list of accepted items will be considered an illegal dump violation! Security cameras are present.
Paint: NEVER ACCEPTED. Visit to learn how to use or properly dispose of leftover paint.
#3-#7 Plastics: CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTED. Due to bans imposed on recycling imports to other countries, our buyer has stopped accepting #3-#7 plastic.
Molded Plastics: NEVER ACCEPTED.
Window Glass/Windshields/Ceramics/Dishes/Cups: NEVER ACCEPTED. The ONLY glass items accepted are bottles and jars.
Tires: NEVER ACCEPTED. Currently the Limestone County Commission accepts tires for recycling at each of their four garages. For information, visit or call 256-233-6400.
Furniture: NEVER ACCEPTED unless it is made of metal.

Please help us to be responsible with our funds by only leaving accepted materials at our center. If you need additional information, you may call the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center directly at 256-233-8746.
Let’s make better decisions together.
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful

By: Lynne Hart
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The night air is cool, the leaves dance in the wind as they fall from the trees, and the kitchen fills with the wonderful smells of chili on the stove, apple pies in the oven, and at my house pots of chicken soup simmering.

It is also the time when we prepare for fall festivals and celebrations. I really do wish the Christmas decorations would stay in the stock rooms at least until after Halloween.

Here are some tips to add some creativity to your earth-friendly celebrations:

  • Choose high-quality decorations that will hold up to many years of use rather than disposable decorations. Better yet, use fall’s bounty. Decorate with fall leaves, pumpkins, and gourds.
  • Choose to decorate an uncarved pumpkin. It will hold up much longer and, after washing it thoroughly, you can use it to make baked pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie. Check out the recipe for Pumpkin Seed Brittle compliments of Martha Stewart!
  • Use your uncarved pumpkin to celebrate two holidays by using removable decorations! Decorate your pumpkin as a ghost with a piece of a white sheet and draw a face with black marker, then switch to a Thanksgiving theme. Let the kids use their imagination.
  • Create costumes with items you already have. Purchasing costumes can be very expensive and they rarely hold up for reuse.
  • Let your children walk from door to door, and consider walking with them if you can. Driving behind your children wastes gas. Walking is the best exercise and you will be right with your children to enjoy their fun!
  • Hand out healthy, but fun treats, or forget the candy altogether. Kids love fun-colored pencils, boxes of crayons, and other useful times that can be found at your local stores.
  • Use Halloween as a teaching moment by instructing your children to keep their candy wrappers off the ground. Take an extra bag with you to hold trash until you return home.
  • Provide reusable plates and utensils at your holiday parties. Disposable plates cannot be recycled and end up in the landfill.
  • Remember to recycle your cooking fats, oils and grease. Pick up a free collection container from the cages located at the Athens Utilities building, the KALB office, or the Recycling Center. Fill the container, return to the bottom shelf of any cage, and take another empty.

Most importantly, enjoy the holidays with your children. The best way to keep your children safe is to be with them as they enjoy fall festivals and trick-or-treating.
Have fun and create memories that will last longer than the candy in their bags.
By: Lynne Hart

By: Lynne Hart
Over the weekend, after a 2-day conference in Mississippi and a full day at the Grease Festival, I decided I would just relax. OK, that’s where you laugh because my mind always seems to stray to our KALB mission and how we could be doing better.

In an effort to find new and fresh ways to tackle the litter problem in the Athens-Limestone communities, I searched my favorite place for inspiring information – TED Talks. That is where I discovered Litterati!

Litterati is an app that allows citizens to photograph and upload photos of litter they find and, of course, pick up. Litterati uses the geotags associated with the photographs to track where litter is found and picked up. There is an interactive map on their website that allows you to get down to street level to determine where and what has been picked up. I want our community to be covered in red dots.

I am so excited about this app! Since this app is cell phone-based and can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it seems to be the perfect app to entice our youth to get involved with litter cleanups. That’s not to say that we adults don’t love the idea of our efforts being logged, tagged, and counted in real time.

According to Litterati’s website, geotags provide insight into problem areas, while keywords identify the most commonly found brands and products. This data will help Litterati to work with companies and organizations to find more sustainable materials and solutions.

The United States is the most active country using this app. So far, 447,618 pieces of litter have been photographed, tagged, and uploaded. The most prevalent type of litter tracked is plastic, with the second most common being cigarettes.
Recently during a litter cleanup walk in Oakland, California, a Coke can was discovered. This is not unusual, right? Well, this Coke can had a pull tab and a vintage design not seen in present-day Coke selections. Investigation into the design of the can indicated that this red and white diamond design was from approximately 1966. This can had taken only a slight beating from the elements with some fading, rust, and minimal signs of decay.

What are we learning from this? Litterati, based on hard information provided by their users, works to encourage packaging companies and manufacturers to find and use even more environmentally responsible materials. A class of students did a survey of their campus and found that straw wrappers were the most littered item found. The school no longer purchases straws. Problem solved.

I think it would be interesting to actually know what is out there and what is picked up. We’d love to have as many of our residents participate as possible!

How To Participate

  • Download the Litterati app for your iPhone or Android from the Apple Store or Google Play free of charge.
  • Set up your account – very simple!
  • Grab your cleanup supplies and take a walk.
  • When you find litter, snap a close-up photo of it.
  • When your walk is complete, you can upload the photos you’ve taken. Click on the photo in the lower left corner of your screen and it will take you to your photo gallery. You will be asked to select an existing tag or you can create a new one to describe the litter in the photo.
  • When you are finished tagging, you then upload the photos.
  • You have the option of clearing your photo gallery or you can retain your photos if you prefer.

I am anxiously awaiting additional information from the good people at Litterati so that we can make the best use of this app in our schools and the community at large.

We hope you will join us and would love your feedback letting us know what you think. I will include more details in our next eNewsletter. If you are not currently receiving our newsletter, please send us an email asking to be added to our contact list.

Let’s work together to make Athens and Limestone County beautiful!
By: Lynne Hart

KALB Is In A Feathered FRENZY!

By: Lynne Hart
About this time each year, the hustle and bustle in the KALB office is at full tilt! So what’s all the excitement about?

On Saturday, 9/16, we will host our 14th Annual Duck and Run 5K. Our first 5K was held in 2004 making ours the longest-running 5K in Athens. Registrations will be accepted on race day beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Once we clean up after our 5K, we will begin gearing up for the Grease Festival on 9/30. This is an Athens Main Street event; however, KALB will have a presence there all day. Look for the yellow ducks and that’s where you’ll find us. We will be promoting grease recycling in Athens as well as our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. KALB will also help vendors recycle their grease at the end of this festival. Don’t forget to wear your toga!

Leigh and I will pack away our grease recycling paraphernalia and get ready for the Old Time Fiddlers Convention on October 6 and 7. This is one of our all-time favorite events. We enjoy ourselves, but we also work very hard. KALB will be responsible for providing recycling opportunities for guests and vendors. Our Athens-Limestone Recycling Center staff will be present to ensure that containers are serviced and vendors have what they need. We will also have volunteers handing out litter bags at the gates reminding guests that it is a clean and green event. Cub Scouts will also work with us to help clean up litter that just might find its way to the ground.

In between all of that, we will also be adopting ducks for our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. The rubber duck race takes place Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 the Duck Pond across from the college campus. Our business community never fails to amaze us. Check out this prize list!

  • $1,000 American Leakless Co. Grand Prize
  • 4 One-Day Park Hopper Passes – Disney World
  • Round of Golf for 4 Plus Cart – Canebrake Club
  • $250 Osborne’s Jewelers Gift Card
  • 1-Night Stay – Marriott Shoals
  • $100 Gift Card – Hobb’s Jewelers
  • $100 Gift Card – Publix
  • $100 cash from each of the following: Brody Jackson, State Farm Agent; Distinctive Landscaping, Inc.; Limestone Drug; Morell Engineering
  • Inline Lighting – TBA
  • $100+ Gift Package – SK Salon
  • 4 Passes – U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • 4 Flex Tickets – Theatre Huntsville
  • 2 Flex Tickets – Theatre Huntsville
  • Family Package – Birmingham Zoo
  • $50 Free Beef Purchase – Limestone County Farmers Federation
  • $50 Gift Certificate – Eastside Pharmacy (2)
  • Free Ice Cream for a Year – MaggieMoo’s
  • $25 Free Poultry Purchase – Limestone County Farmers Federation
  • Photo Frame – Pimentos
  • Candle and Melts – Trinity’s of Athens

We’ll also be proudly showing off the ducks entered into our Quacky Duck Decorating Contest. Guest can vote for their favorite to win Best Decorated Duck – People’s Choice with their donations to KALB. $1 equals 1 vote. These ducks will also be auctioned off. I heard one duck say he hopes that you will take him home! Several ducks come with some very valuable attachments!

Fundraisers are a fact of life for all non-profits. It has become even more important for KALB due to loss of some appropriations last year. Since fundraising is a requirement, we work hard to make it fun for all! Your support will allow us to continue to take our message of personal responsibility for our local environment into the city and county schools, and continue our other litter-abatement, recycling, and beautification projects throughout the year!

If you are at any of these events, do stop and say hello!
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful

By: Lynne Hart
It won’t be long now before we’ll all be celebrating at the Athens Grease Festival! On September 30, throngs of toga-clad guests will take one day to honor everything fried. We’ll be looking for Twinkies, Oreas, Nutter Butters, pies, okra, fish, and anything else that can be battered and dropped into a vat of hot grease!

Come out to enjoy the food, fun, and music. We can eat responsibly the other 364 days of the year.

As you can see, Annie has her toga and crown ready. If you aren’t familiar with Annie, she is my dog and has her own Facebook page – Annie’s Canine Litter Patrol. Annie invites other dogs to encourage their owners to take two bags when they go for walks. One is for, well you know what it’s for. The second bag is for litter the canines sniff out along the way. Annie would love for you and your pooch to become part of her patrol. Just post a photo of you and your dog picking up litter on her Facebook page and you are IN!

So what does the Grease Festival have to do with KALB? Well, we will be there to have a good time just like hundreds of others. We will also be there to share information on the FOG Recycling Program provided by the City of Athens Wastewater Department. We will also ensure that all vendors have a proper way to recycle their used grease.

If you are not familiar with the FOG Recycling Program, here is an explanation. FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. FOG can originate from vegetable or animal sources, such as dairy products, vegetable oil, olive oil, or fats from cooking meats. Fats, oils and grease poured into the wastewater system (sewers) will cool and become a sticky layer on sewer pipes. The sticky mess then attracts and holds other food particles and debris that flows through the drains causing blockages or clogs. These clogs can then cause overflows. Removing these blockages is very costly, both financially and to the health of the environment.

The Athens Wastewater Department spends tens of thousands of dollars removing these clogs, the cost of which is passed on to the consumer, and we all know who that is! Although we celebrate grease at our annual festival, we don’t want all those little fatty party animals partying in our pipes!

How To Participate

FOG Collection and Recycling containers are available free of charge to Athens and Limestone County residents. Just pick one up from the white FOG cages located at the following locations:

  • Athens-Limestone Recycling Center – 15896 Lucas Ferry Rd.
  • KALB Office – 125 East Street
  • Utility Building – 1806 Wilkinson St.
  • Various apartment complexes in Athens (check with apartment management)

Once the container is full, return it to the bottom shelf of any of the collection cages. It is not required that you use a FOG container to collect your fats, oils, and grease. It can be recycled in any container with a secure lid. The contents will be processed and used in a variety of products.

With the holiday season approaching, we want everyone to be aware of this program and ready for all the fats, oils, and grease created by roasting turkeys, hams, and other delicious holiday foods. Stop and visit with the KALB folks at the Grease Festival to learn more about this program.

Don’t forget your toga!
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful

Duck Season At KALB

By: Lynne Hart
Yes, it is definitely duck season at KALB and all you have to do is walk in our office door and it will be obvious. We have rubber ducks, Duck and Run 5K ducks, and a cute Little Duckaroo sharing space with us!

Everyone in Limestone County benefits from the work we do, even those who don’t know us or haven’t financially supported us. During our fall fundraising season, everyone has the opportunity to provide financial support while having fun along the way. We know there is something going on that will fluff your feathers!


Run it, walk it, or waddle it! Just don’t miss it!

The Duck and Run 5K has been taking place annually since 2004. Registration is open for this run taking place on Saturday, September 16th at 8 a.m. Pre-registration fee is currently $20 and must be postmarked by 9/9/17. Late and race day registration is $25. Online registration is available at, and a printable form is available at

Late registration and packet pickup will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville, and Friday, September 15 at the KALB Office located at 125 East St. in Athens.

Starting and ending point of this run is Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens. This mildly challenging, certified course (AL10016JD) takes participants through beautiful historic neighborhoods and downtown Athens. T-shirts, race bags, Mid-pack Award, a cash drawing and great snacks are always part of this event.

For information on the Duck and Run 5K, contact Eric or Leigh Patterson at


Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in this new and fun event. KALB will provide a “naked” duck to be decorated with imagination! Make it beautiful, make it whimsical, or make it reflect your business. Just make it fun! Participants can paint it, clothe it, cover it with jewels, ceramic, or glass. Ideas are endless. There are only a few guidelines and, of course, decorations must be tasteful.

Ducks must be decorated and on display by 9/1/17 so that votes can be collected for “Best Decorated Duck – People’s Choice” award. There will also be a “Judge’s Choice” award. Organizations without a storefront that would like to participate are encouraged to partner with a business that would be willing to display their duck for more exposure.

For more information on the Quacky Duck Decorating Contest, visit and click the EVENTS tab, email or call 256-233-8000.


KALB’s rubber duck derby has been taking place annually since 2001! Even we can’t believe this is our 17th year to race those cute rubber ducks down the spillway at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.

We are currently rounding up our prize list, and we are happy to welcome American Leakless Company as our new Diamond Duck Sponsor! This company has been very supportive of KALB and we are so pleased to share our growing partnership.

Online duck adoptions are now open. Individual ducks can be adopted for a $5.00 donation to KALB. Dunkin’ Donuts Quack Packs are available for a $25 donation and include 6 ducks (1 free) and coupons for Dunkin’ Donuts items! Don’t forget to name your ducks just for the fun of it!

KALB will be at the Grease Festival and at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention and will have duck adoptions available. Our list of prizes is great again this year and includes the $1,000 American Leakless Co. Grand Prize, 4 Park Hopper Passes to Disney World, a $250 Osborne’s Jewelry gift certificate, and many more additional prizes!

Don’t forget, KALB members received a coupon for $5 off 5K registration or one free duck in the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. So, come on and have some fun while supporting a great organization!
By: Lynne Hart

By: Lynne Hart – Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens Limestone Beautiful
August 1 was an important day for Leigh and me. It was a day set aside to say “Thank you” to all of the wonderful businesses, government entities, and individuals that support KALB in ways large and small. On Tuesday, August 1, we held our 2017 Appreciation Breakfast. It gave me great pleasure to stand in front of our many guests and tell them just exactly how I feel about them. They are precious.

Mayor Marks, Mark Yarbrough, Danny Crawford, Wayne Harper, Frank Travis, and Chris Seibert represented the City of Athens, Limestone County Commission, and the Alabama House of Representatives. We are so grateful for the financial and moral support that we receive from each of them. THANK YOU!

Several guests were there representing local businesses that have sponsored events, made donations, or provided in-kind materials or services. We were happy to see Lowe’s, Staples, Century 21, Athens Now, Clem Tire, HealthSource Athens, The SK Salon, and the News Courier represented. Several individuals invited were unable to attend for various reason and were truly missed. Our river cleanups, tree seedling giveaways, Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO, Clean and Green Fiddlers, and all of our fundraisers would have been impossible without the support provided by so many wonderful local businesses. THANK YOU!

KALB reaches out to other organizations and churches as well. We appreciate First Presbyterian Church for allowing us to use the Revival Building for our breakfast. We were able to say “Thank you” to Pastor Tony Johnson from Friendship Church for the use of the entire Friendship facility for our Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO. Melanie Newton – Main Street Athens, Betty Ruth – RSVP (and a Beautification Board Member), Deb Kohlhase – Habitat for Humanity, and Denise Taylor – Huntsville Green Team were also present to be loved on by KALB staff and board members. We truly enjoy being in a place where organizations work together to make this community great. The good of the community comes before any personal glory. THANK YOU!

Last, but not least, Leigh and I thank the wonderful men and women who have taken on the role of board member. We agree that our organization is blessed with the best board members. They are dedicated, hard-working, and so much fun!

THANK YOU just doesn’t express what is in our hearts. Every single person who volunteers with KALB, participates in fundraisers, or supports KALB financially is an important member of our family. Every business that sponsors events, provides in-kind products or services, or publicizes our activities has a value to this organization that we fully recognized.

We were happy to love on everyone who joined us for breakfast. To those who could not, we sure wish we could have told you in person just how much you mean to us.

THANK YOU just is not big enough…
By: Lynne Hart

By: Lynne Hart
Imagine it is a beautiful morning and you are off to run errands. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and along the roadside you spot…trash! Why would someone just throw trash out like that with no concern for the environment or the ugliness it creates?

Let’s back up a minute before we judge someone for their litterbug behaviors. There is more than one way for trash to become litter.

According to a study by Keep America Beautiful, motorists and pedestrians contribute a combined 70% of littered items; however, not all of this trash has been carelessly tossed from car windows.

Vehicles with loads that are not properly secured, including trash collection vehicles, or loose trash in truck beds account for a large portion of roadside trash. Often, drivers are completely unaware that they have just broken the law.

Also contributing to roadside litter are trash containers not properly secured with a tight fitting lid. Placing loose trash in a container without first bagging it can easily cause a littering situation when the trash can is dumped. In these cases, most guilty parties are completely unaware that their actions have created a litter situation.

Tobacco products account for nearly 38% of all U.S. roadway litter. It is a fact that many people who would never think of littering anything else, may not think twice about flicking cigarette butts out vehicle windows, tossing them in ditches, or stomping them on the ground. In fact, trillions of cigarette butts are littered every single year! The chemicals and poisons that leach from cigarette litter have a huge impact on the environment.

Pedestrians litter most often at transition points – areas where individuals consuming a food or tobacco product must discard it before entering. This would include stores, theatres, restaurants, schools, etc. We need to take the extra minute to look for receptacles and use them.

Tips To Avoid Being An Accidental Litterbug

  • Securely cover all trash receptacles and don’t set out loose bags.
  • Bag all trash before placing in trash can. This not only helps when cans are dumped, but keeps the trash more secure in the trash trucks.
  • Cover your loads securely and keep loose trash out of truck beds.
  • Discard tobacco products properly.
  • Never leave trash behind. Leave the area better than you found it.

People are the only living creatures that use packaging, eat at fast food restaurants, use vehicles for transportation, or purchase tobacco products. Therefore, people are solely responsible for every bit of litter created.

We realize that sometimes littering is accidental, but that doesn’t mean it is ok. All we ask is that together we take greater care.

KALB staff and board members invite you, your neighbors, club members, and others to take a stand against the litter problem in Limestone County. SPEAK OUT! Voice your opinions about litter – how it reflects a lack of community pride. STAND UP! Support this non-profit organization or others who are working to make our community better with your tax-deductible donation. STEP OUT! Adopt a roadside to keep clean, or organize a neighborhood pride day. KALB will help! You can count on us for trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and litter grabbers. If you need guidance on beautification projects, we have connections! We will provides tips on how to be successful. Just ask!

Together….the only way to get it done.
By: Lynne Hart

When you think of hazardous waste, do you think of caustic and deadly chemicals spewing from a factory or laboratory? Well you might be surprised at how many items considered hazardous waste are sitting on shelves and under cabinets in your homes and garages.

Items used in our homes fall under a different set of rules and are referred to as Household Hazardous Waste. Although these items do not fall under the same strict regulations as hazardous waste, special handling is recommended at time of disposal.

The following are some examples of HHW materials you may find in your homes. This is not a complete list:

Automotive fluids: oil, anti-freeze, fuel, brake fluid, etc.
Household cleaners: bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, oven cleaner, drain cleaners, etc.
Home maintenance: varnish, stains, oils, mouse/rat poisons, etc.
Lawn and garden: fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
Miscellaneous: pool chemicals, photo chemicals, old chemistry sets, etc.

According to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), the best way to manage HHW is to avoid creating it. Buy only what you need. Check the label for the Precautionary Statement and choose the least toxic product to do the job.

Look for the following words:
Caution indicates a mild hazard
Warning indicates a moderate hazard
Danger or Poison indicate an extreme hazard.

Best Disposal Practice
The very best method of disposal is at an HHW collection where materials will be handled by a company licensed in transportation and disposal.

The first and last collection for Limestone County residents was held in 2008. We believe it is well past time for our residents to have at least one HHW collection annually. KALB is working with the Athens City Council and the Limestone County Commission to make this happen.

If you would like to see an HHW collection for Athens-Limestone County, send us an email letting us know. You may also contact your city council member and/or county commissioner to let them know you would like this service.

Reducing HHW In Your Home

Glass Cleaner: Mix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in one quart of water. Spray on and use newspaper to dry.
Furniture Polish: Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice in one pint of mineral or vegetable oil and wipe furniture.
Rug Deodorizer: Liberally sprinkle carpets with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
Silver Polish: Boil two to three inches of water in a shallow pan with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for two to three more minutes. Wipe away tarnish. Repeat as necessary.
All-Natural Insect Repellents: When using these products, reapply frequently for best results.
Motor Oil: Accepted at the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center.
Transmission Fluid: Check with local repair shops to see if they will accept it for recycling.
CFL’s: Accepted for recycling at Lowe’s.
By: Lynne Hart
Executive Coordinator – Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful