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MURFREESBORO, TN — The annual household hazardous waste drop-off for Rutherford County is scheduled for April 7 at the Murfreesboro City Solid Waste Department on Florence Road.

Among the groups pushing for participation in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s annual dangerous items disposal road show are fire departments. Improperly stored hazardous materials can lead to dangerous firefighting situations.

Last year, there were 29 fires in the county that involved hazardous materials. So far in 2018, that figure is already at 12, officials told NewsChannel 5.

TDEC says anything flammable, corrosive, reactive or toxic is considered hazardous, including cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner and used needles. See a full list of items.

TDEC comes to each county at least once and usually twice a year. See the full schedule for the remainder of 2018.

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