A conversation with Gary Tolbert on Hazardous Waste Day



Gary Tolbert is the Superintendent of the City of Madison Parks Department and is this year’s Hazardous Waste Day coordinator. He worked for the city in this capacity for seven years. His job is to be in charge of the city’s common grounds and parks, including Liberty Park with its sports facilities and Strawberry Park with its trails. He also works with various community service groups, such as the Keep the City of Madison Beautiful committee.

Tolbert grew up in Vicksburg and moved to the Jackson area 15 years ago. He served as a major in the Army National Guard for 26 years and was deployed twice before retiring – once in Afghanistan and once in Iraq. Tolbert works and now lives in Madison with his two daughters. Her oldest is in second year at Ole Miss and her second daughter is in first year at Rosa Scott High School.

What is Hazardous Waste Day?

“Hazardous Waste Day is an opportunity to get rid of old paints, tires, electronics, televisions, old computer towers or documents that you may not want to throw away but rather shred and dispose of properly. The police will take old prescription drugs. ”

“The county gets the grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and for a very long time the town of Ridgeland did, but last year we made a deal that they house it for a year and we host the following. Madison hosted it the first year in 2019, then they hosted it in 2020 and now it’s our turn. We share the responsibility of hosting and running it every year. We have volunteers who will help people get bulky items out of their vehicles and direct traffic to make sure everything is going smoothly.

When and where will it take place?

“It’s at Madison Central High School at 1417 Highland Colony Parkway in Madison. It will start at 8 a.m. and last until 11 a.m.

“People will enter through Park Place at the back of Madison Central High School and traffic will go one way. I’ll have signs.

Who can participate and drop off their hazardous waste?

“This is a Madison County event for the residents of Madison County, but of course we are not turning anyone away.”

What can people do to get rid of it?

Here is the complete list of items accepted for disposal: aerosols, answering machines, antifreeze, batteries, cables, camcorders, CDs and DVDs, cell phones, compact disc players, computer equipment, computers, copiers, cords, duplicators, DVD players, machines electric typewriters, electronic games and fax machines.

Also accepted will be flammable liquids, hard drives, keyboards and microphones, household electronics, ink and toner, laboratory equipment, laptops, laptop batteries, liquid pesticides, central equipment, racks, microwave ovens, modems, monitors, motor oil, networking equipment, pagers, paint, personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls and scanners.

Solid pesticides, stereo components, stereos, cassettes, cassette players, telephones, telecommunications equipment, televisions, test equipment, tires, toasters, transparency manufacturers, two-way radios, UPS power supplies, VCRs, waste oxidizers, waste treatments text and other electronic devices can also be dropped off at the event.

What will not be accepted for deposit?

“We don’t take large devices, medical or nuclear – I hope no one wants to bring nuclear waste – or radioactive items. We do not take bikes, furniture, mattresses or lawn mowers.

What is the cost for residents to drop off items?

“It’s completely free. The county was awarded a grant and, although the grant does not cover, the cost is shared among the three government agencies: the City of Madison, the City of Ridgeland and the County of Madison. The grant amount is $ 75,000 and the estimated cost of the event is $ 120,000 this year. It’s completely free for the public.

Why is it important to have hazardous waste?

“Hazardous Waste Day is about our environment and its protection. This gives an avenue where someone can dispose of the fuels or eroded objects safely and properly instead of throwing them in a ditch or throwing them in the trash and it ends up in a landfill which can contaminate the surrounding soils. . Some people will take an old TV and place it on the side of the road. It’s just a way to get rid of it properly.

What else should people know?

“Remember, it’s all the volunteers who work. Please be patient as it may take up to two hours of waiting. It’s been almost 18 months since we last had the last one so I’m expecting a big turnout. We had almost 1,000 vehicles in four hours last year when we housed it.


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