LOUISVILLE, Ky.—May 20, 2015—Memorial Day is the perfect time for barbecues, picnics and opening swimming pools. It’s also the perfect time for trash truck drivers—like men and women at Rumpke—to be aware of dangers posed by pool chemicals placed in the trash.
Pool chemicals are flammable, poisonous and explosive. When mixed with other household items in a garbage truck, the combination can be extremely dangerous, especially to the driver.
Pool chemicals, such as chlorine, are considered to be a household hazardous waste and should be disposed as such. Below are some tips to keep pool owners and trash truck drivers safe this summer:
- If an item is labeled “Danger” or “Poison,” do not put it in the trash or recycling. Also, do not pour extra chemicals down a drain, especially if it leads to a septic tank.
- Ask your local pool store if they are able to dispose of pool chemicals for you.
- Review Rumpke’s guidelines located at www.rumpke.com
- Check with your solid waste district to find a local household hazardous waste facility in your area.
Rumpke Waste and Recycling has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.
Residential services may be delayed for Memorial Day. Customers should check the holiday schedule.