Wonder what you can do with extra junk on your property?  Take care of it this weekend.

Bay County’s annual Waste Amnesty Days and Recycling Round-up will be Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Steelfield Landfill located at 11411 Landfill Road in West Bay, off State 79.

Residents may drop off yard debris, household garbage and hazardous waste at no charge and are encouraged to bring recyclable materials as well. Fish ponds stocked by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be open to fishing for customers who drop off any recyclable item from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers must supply their own fishing equipment and bait, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is open to Bay County residents only. Proof of residency is required (e.g., driver’s license, power bill, voter registration card).

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
  • Yard debris (grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings, etc.)
  • Recyclables (batteries, paper, plastic, paint, 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. The normal tipping fees will still apply to commercial customers.

“This is something we do as a service to the community, giving people an opportunity to clean up their properties and also dispose of household hazardous waste properly without concern about it damaging the local environment,” said Solid Waste Director Jamie Jones.

For more information, contact Bay County Solid Waste Management at 236-2212.

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