At the Northwest Chapter meeting of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA), held in Portland, Tillamook County’s Solid Waste Program Manager David McCall was one of the individuals presented with a Golden Bung award. (It appears he is a regular winner as this is the third consecutive year he brought home an award.)
“A bung is the cap used to seal off barrels to prevent spillage and in the case of this award is symbolic of controlling the disposal of hazardous waste,” McCall said, “This award is bestowed on individuals who were able to document particularly unusual hazardous materials that came into their programs, and were safely disposed of.”
This year, the award was given in response to a 110-year-old “Kilfyre” fire extinguisher received at a recent Household Hazardous Waste collection.
“The Kilfyre is a 24-inch long copper tube filled with three pounds of soda bicarbonate,” McCall said, “It’s not pressurized, and the materials are not hazardous. Since it’s such a unique item, with a very interesting history, and dropped off by a Tillamook County citizen, we felt it would be a great addition to the Pioneer Museum.”
At the Oct. 25 Tillamook County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, McCall presented the extinguisher along with the Bung Award to Gary Albright, Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Director. McCall asked the viewing public that if the person who dropped this off as hazardous waste would please come forward. It would be nice to hear the story and history of this unique item.
In response to the Commissioner’s accolades, McCall said, “These awards are great, but I’m really just doing my job. It’s fun in a case like this to share some of the unique finds.
“It’s unfortunate that there are hazardous materials out there, but when people come across old chemicals and dangerous materials, it’s important that they have a place where they can safely dispose of them,” he said, “By bringing them to our facility, people can rest assured that their homes are free from hazards like this, and keep them safe for their kids and grandkids, as well as themselves.”
The next residential collection event will be 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Tillamook Transfer Station (1315 Ekloff Road, just south of Tillamook).
For more details about the Tillamook County Hazardous Waste results or recycling in general, please contact the Tillamook County Solid Waste Department at www.co.tillamook.or.us/gov/SolidWaste or call 503-815-3975.