City recycling day helps clear toxic junk

Time to clean out your garage: recycling day is coming Saturday, May 23.

City Recycle Day will take place at the Blaine Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to all residents of Blaine and Birch Bay. The event is an opportunity to dispose of toxic chemicals, old electronics and trash in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

Three organizations are coming together to facilitate the event. The Whatcom County Disposal of Toxics Program will help dispose of toxic chemicals. Safe and Easy Recycling will take electronics and Sanitary Services will accept scrap paper and plastic bottles.

The event is free of charge, but there is a limit of one truck bed-load of recyclable items per household, and there are restrictions on which items can be recycled.

For example, the toxics program will accept oil-based paints, garden chemicals, car batteries and antifreeze, but cannot accept latex paint, medical waste, explosives or any waste in drums. The event is for recyclable products only, and no household garbage will be accepted.

For a full list of acceptable materials, visit

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