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DPW Offers Options to Dispose of HHW, E-cycling, Personal Documents for Shredding

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DPW Offers Options to Dispose of HHW, E-cycling, Personal Documents for Shredding

Check www.dpw.dc.gov for 2014 drop-off, document shredding schedules.

Contact: Linda Grant, 202-671-2375

(Washington, DC) The DC Department of Public Works announced today the August 2014 schedule for disposing of household hazard waste, e-cycling and personal documents at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station*. 

Weekly, Saturday HHW and e-cycling drop-off schedule:  August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 between 8 am and 3 pm. 

Monthly, weekday HHW and e-cycling drop-off is Thursday, July 31.  Every month, DPW will accept HHW and e-cycling the Thursday before the first Saturday between 1 pm and 5 pm.

Monthly, Saturday personal document shredding is August 2 between 8 am and 3 pm.  DPW will accept personal documents for shredding the first Saturday only.

District residents may bring HHW items such as pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids to Ft. Totten, along with e-cycling items such as computers, televisions and other unwanted electronic equipment.  For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at www.dpw.dc.gov

On the first Saturday only, residents may bring up to five boxes of documents to be shredded.  No business or commercial material will be accepted.  Personal documents to be shredded will be accepted only on the first Saturday (except holidays) because these documents cannot be protected until the shredding contractor arrives on the first Saturday of the month. 

DPW reminds residents that certain batteries (lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts) should be taped before being brought to Ft. Totten.  Lithium-based batteries are most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras and laptops.  Also, hearing aids, watches and keyless remotes typically use button cells that contain lithium.  To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking or electrical tape on the batteries’ terminals.  Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape.  Examples are pictured on the next page.  Place these batteries in a separate container from other batteries that don’t require being taped, e.g., A, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries.

*Directions to Ft. Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE:  Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street.  Directions from additional locations can be found at http://dpw.dc.gov/node/414922.