By Dawn Krebs
INDIANTOWN -- The residents of Indiantown now have an even larger place to safely drop off hazardous waste.
The Hazmobile, a vehicle used by the Martin County Solid Waste division, is capable of accepting more household waste than the previous one, which is now used in a different county department.
The blue truck with the smiling recycling truck on the side is used by the county to help residents who are too far from hazardous drop-off points to dispose of items like paint or pesticides.
The truck made its debut in Indiantown at the Keep Martin Beautiful event in March. Since then, the truck is scheduled to be in Indiantown from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month at Fire Station No. 24, located at 16550 S.W. Warfield Blvd.
Residents can bring up to 100 pounds of hazardous waste to the truck for the county to dispose of for free. The truck accepts items such as paint, fertilizers, fluorescent light bulbs, oil, antifreeze and pesticides.
The waste must be brought in secure, non-leaking containers no larger than five-gallon buckets, and must be clearly labeled with what is inside.
But there are limits. The truck cannot accept flammable items, such as gasoline, flares or propane tanks. It will also not accept drums, medicines, needles or business waste. Electronics of any kinds or biological waste will also not be accepted.
It is important to note that residents can only drop off hazardous waste at the truck when it is there at the scheduled time. They are not permitted to leave hazardous waste at any of the fire stations unless the Hazmobile is on site.
But Indiantown isn't the only location for the Hazmobile. It can be spotted at a number of locations throughout the county on a regular basis.
To learn more about what can be turned in, or to find out the county schedule of the hazmobile, call (772) 419-6767 or go online to www.martin.fl.us/hhwaste.