Mississippi Power’s Plant Watson was the focal point of activity for the recent annual Harrison County household hazardous waste collection day known as Bring It!, with more than 800 cars lining up to dispose of their household waste in a safe manner.
“We had 811 vehicles come through the parking lot, and all of them were loaded down with items,” said Michael Beverin, Plant Watson senior compliance specialist and event organizer. “We collected 1,500 tires and 1,950 gallons of used oil in five hours, along with everything from aerosol cans, to fire extinguishers to used lightbulbs.”
More than 100 volunteers with the company and from the nearby Naval Construction Battalion Center (Seabee Base) in Gulfport helped collect hundreds of pounds of debris in the 22nd year of the event.
As with other Bring It! events, the line of cars that showed up stretched all the way out to Cowan-Lorraine Road. Despite the heavy turnout, the line moved safely and swiftly through the Plant Watson grounds.
“It really was an awesome day,” said Kelly Griffin, Harrison County Beautification Commission director. “It was a team effort, as we disposed of these items in an environmentally friendly manner. We thank Mississippi Power for the continued partnership in the efforts to make our community a cleaner and safer place to live. We also want to thank the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s building and grounds crew for all their help.”
Company volunteers also recently worked at a similar event in Jackson County, where more than 560 vehicles turned out. Items collected include:
- 1,950 gallons of oil
- 80 gallons of antifreeze
- 58 batteries
- 223 tires
In April, Mississippi Power sponsored a similar event in Jones County.
Bring it! By the numbers
- Aerosols – 11,602 pounds
- Batteries (alkaline) – 614 pounds
- Ballast – 126 pounds
- Corrosives – 1,628 pounds
- Fire extinguishers – 244 pounds
- Flammable liquids – 715 gallons
- Light bulbs – 245 pounds
- Mercury – 34 pounds
- Oil – 1,950 gallons
- Oxidizers – 394 pounds
- Paint (boxed and palletized) – 13,936 pounds
- Propane (camp size) – 270 pounds
- Tanks (propane, helium, oxygen) – 53
- Tires – 1,500
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