BRING IT, Harrison County!
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day set for Oct. 10

Gulfport , MS - Harrison County Beautification Commission and Mississippi Powerinvite Harrison County residents to “BRING IT,” household hazardous waste that is, on Saturday, October 10, to Mississippi Power’s Plant Watson from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

The “BRING IT” event, formally known as Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, is free to residents (not businesses) who want to properly dispose of hazardous household products, including aerosols, cleaners and polishes, lighter fluid, fluorescent light bulbs, detergents, disinfectants, gasoline, transmission fluid, motor oil and filters, car batteries, tires, insecticides, paint, paint thinner, antifreeze, poisons and pesticides. Small electronic items such as microwaves, stereos, televisions, computers, fax machines, phones and VCRs will also be collected for recycling. No medical waste, furniture, trash or radioactive materials will be accepted.

“It is critical that household hazardous waste items do not wind up in landfills or in our environment here on the Coast,” said Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco. “This event raises awareness to our residents and citizens along the Coast to properly dispose of waste, ultimately helping to improve and protect our environment. We want to make it easy for people to do the right thing—all that residents have to do is bring in their items. Mississippi Power volunteers will unload their vehicles as they drive through the line. We’re providing all the equipment and methods needed for correctly disposing of hazardous materials or recycling some of the items.”


BRING IT, now in its fourteenth year, is sponsored by Mississippi Power, Harrison County Board of Supervisors, Harrison County Beautification Commission, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., Harrison County HazMat Team, Gulfport Fire Dept., Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., High Cotton Food Services, Waste Management, Surplus Supply, Waste Oil Collectors, Interstate State Battery, Howard Ave. Firestone, American Medical Response, and S.H. Anthony. Since 1995, more than 250 tons of hazardous chemicals alone have been collected.


For more information contact Jolie Spiers, Harrison County Beautification Director, at 228-214-1505 or

Editor’s Note:

Selected data from the 2008 collection event.

Hazardous Paint 4,486 pounds
Household Batteries 408 pounds
Electronic Waste More than 20,000 pounds
Crushed light bulbs 881 pounds
Latex paint 3,301 pounds
Poisons 2,594 pounds
Tires 1,100