Bart Shumaker, Shoreline Environmental president, preps a hose to drain a container filled with used oil and other fluids during the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 18, 2013. The fluids were transported to a plant to be recycled into a reusable fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kentavist P. Brackin)
Hurlburt volunteers and Bart Shumaker, center, Shoreline Environmental president, dump liquids such as used oil and contaminated gasoline into a drum for processing during a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 18, 2013. More than 300 gallons of oil and fluids were collected during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kentavist P. Brackin)
Darryl Roper, left, Okaloosa County Hazardous Waste recycling foreman, and John Hamlett, right, Okaloosa County senior groundkeeper, carry a TV to a recycling bin during a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 18, 2013. Hurlburt residents and employess dropped off various household items during the event including oil and paint. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kentavist P. Brackin)
by Senior Airman Kentavist P. Brackin
1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
10/22/2013 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Commandos set a new record for participation in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day here, Oct. 18.
More than 290 base residents and employees turned in household waste which, surpassed the previous record of 240, marking the most participation the event has seen since its startup in 2002.
"The flow of traffic through here is greater than we've ever had," said Tech. Sgt. Jason Mentch, the 1st Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron unit environmental coordinator. "It was great to help out people and save them the trouble of having to drive to the landfills which are pretty far away from here."
Airmen and Okaloosa County workers teamed up to collect unwanted household goods from base residents, ranging from cleaning products to bulky TV and computer systems.
Throughout the event, workers directed traffic while separating items into various areas for further processing. Nobody even had to leave their vehicle.
"The hazardous waste turn-in offers a convenient and easy avenue for people living on base to turn in their unwanted hazardous waste materials and helps preserve the environment," said Randy Trent, Hurlburt Field hazardous waste program manager. "It encourages residents to recycle and do the right thing when it comes to getting rid waste material."
The semi-annual event, held in April and October, collects more than 40,000 pounds of unwanted household waste such as used oil, paint and batteries each year.
For more information about turning in household waste and material, contact the Okaloosa County Hazardous Material Department at (850) 651-7384.