City’s annual tire, hazardous waste roundup nets tons of trash

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Perry-area recyclers got their annual chance to unload old tires and hazardous household waster Saturday morning at the city’s yearly collection.

Half-a-dozen Perry Public Works Department staff members were on hand at the Perry Recycling Center to offload used tires. The workers said drop offs were steady, and their trailer would be full by the end of the event.

Household hazardous waste takes more careful handling. Dallas County Environmental Health Department Director Ted Trewin was joined by a staff member from the Metro Waste Authority in Bondurant, Perry Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Eiteman and a Perry Parks and Recreation staff member at the collection point.

All four collectors have HazMat training and certification in order to unload materials brought by local citizens to the parking lot of the Perry Public Safety Building at 908 Willis Ave.

“This truck has been coming here for 12 years,” Eiteman said, referring to the Metro Waste Authority HazMat collection vehicle, “but we’ve been doing these collections in Perry for 19 years.”

Trewin said traffic was steady at the three-hour collection. Oil-based paint is probably the most common item dropped off by citizens, he said.

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