Mashes Sands Beach Cleanup

On Saturday, May 14, a group of about 20 volunteers met at the Mashes Sands Beach in Panacea. Please note all of the volunteers did not stay to be part of the group photo. Pictured are (L-R) Ralph Thomas, Steve Cushman, Gary Deibler, Paul Parker, Jim Cook, Lesley Cushman, June Davis, Marc Dickieson, Brandy King, and Mike King. We were joined by a couple of camera shy workers from the Wakulla Road & Bridge Department led by Mike King. We were also joined by County Administrator, David Edwards and his son Alex coming out to show support for their County.

In the images you will see a couple before images of the beach. There were remnants of asphalt as a reminder of Hurricane Michael. A citizen had made the issue known and KWCB decided to do something about it. The Road & Bridge Department supplied a dumpster for the collection of the asphalt. The volunteers managed to gather 10,340 pounds of asphalt in 2.5 hours. The volunteers worked on the beach and into the water gathering the broken up remnants of the previous parking area. It was left in a much better state than it was at the start.

Tips for what not to hold on to for Hazardous Waste Day and how to properly dispose

Oil will not be taken at Hazardous Waste Day. The transfer station located at 146 County Landfill Rd. in Crawfordville, will accept oil during their normal hours of operation. https://www.mywakulla.com/departments/public_works/public_works_administration/solid_waste.php

Latex paint should not be brought to these events. Latex paint is not hazardous when dried and can then be tossed in with household garbage.  If there is a small amount of paint left in the can, you can let the paint dry by leaving it in a well-ventilated area until it hardens, stirring it once every few days. When setting out paint to dry-up, try filling partially empty cans with waste paint hardener, shredded newspaper or cat litter to aid in clumping up the leftover paint so that it dries up faster. https://www.wikihow.com/Safely-Dispose-of-Paint

Other paint brought to these events will be limited to 2- 5 gallon buckets or 5- 1 gallon cans per resident.

Non-alkaline household batteries can be placed in a plastic container and disposed of in your household trash. These should not be brought to Hazardous Waste Day. Check out this link if you have any questions on battery disposal. https://floridadep.gov/sites/default/files/Battery-Fact-Sheet_09Dec15.pdf All other batteries will be accepted.

Electronics can be donated (to Goodwill for example) or disposed of with household garbage. Televisions are the exception and will be taken at this event.

Working to keep our piece of paradise beautiful.

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