County hosts Waste Amnesty Days
Bay County is hosting Waste Amnesty Days Sept. 21-22. It's a perfect opportunity to clean up around your house and get rid of old tires, derelict boats, appliances and other debris.
Bay County’s biannual Waste Amnesty Days are coming up and Solid Waste officials continue to ask for the public’s help in the cleanup and disposal of old tires and derelict boats, specifically.
Bay County’s Fall Waste Amnesty Days are Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Steelfield Landfill, located at 11411 Landfill Rd. in West Bay, off State Road 79.
“If you have waste tires or junk boats on your residential property, please take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of them at no charge,” Solid Waste Division Manager Glenn Ogborn said. “This will not only beautify Bay County, but it will help Bay County Mosquito Control by removing potential mosquito breeding sites.”
Ogborn said during amnesty events, the landfill will accept any quantity of tires, as long as they come from a residential, non-commercial address. He noted, however, that the state of Florida requires a permit to transport more than 25 tires at a time.
Boats and derelict vessels will also be accepted, though all engines and holding tanks must be removed prior to disposal, and boats with tanks or motors intact will not be accepted.
Waste Amnesty Days is for much more than old boats and tires, though. Bay County residents may drop off their yard debris, household garbage and hazardous waste at no charge and are also encouraged to bring recyclable materials.
“Basically you can bring anything but explosives and ammo,” Ogborn said.
This event is open to Bay County residents only. Proof of residency is required (e.g., driver’s license, power bill, voter registration card). Tipping fees will not be waived for commercial customers. All loads that arrive in commercial vehicles or trailers will be assumed to be commercial in origin and are subject to tipping fees.
The following materials will be accepted:
- Appliances (air conditioners, dryers, stoves, washing machines, etc.)
- Construction and demolition debris (concrete, lumber, sheet rock, etc.)
- Trash (kitchen garbage, furniture, carpet, clothes, etc.)
- Household hazardous waste (pesticides, paints, used oil, fluorescent tubes, antifreeze, etc.)
- Small engine containing devices (lawn mowers, weed eaters, edgers, etc.)
- Tires, boats, automobiles
- Yard debris (grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings, etc.)
- Recyclables (batteries, paper, plastic, metals, computers, cell phones, etc.)
Regulations prohibit disposing appliances, household hazardous waste, small engine-containing devices and tires in landfills. The landfill accepts these items but must process them separately from other waste. If possible, please stage these materials in the load so they can be dropped off at the designated area.
Bay County will not accept gas cylinders, explosive materials, ammunition or flares. However, residential-sized propane tanks are accepted.
“This is something the County Commissioners offer as a service to the community,” Ogborn said. “It helps keep Bay County beautiful and gives people an option for properly disposing of hazardous waste.”
For more information, contact Bay County Solid Waste Management at (850) 236-2212.