NWCC students at DeSoto County’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day

On October 5, 2019, over 100 Northwest Mississippi Community College students performed a valuable community service:  they helped DeSoto County Residents dispose of accumulated household items at the Lander’s Civic Center Complex in Southaven, MS.

tire loader
DeSoto County’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day 10-5-2019: recycling tires.

NWCC Biology Instructor, Dr. Lindsay Massie, organized students for the event hosted by Mr. Ray Laughter, DeSoto County Director of Environmental Services/Parks and Greenways.

Dr. Massie directing
Dr. Lindsay Massie helping DeSoto County residents.
unload area
Unload area: Kammylynn Woxen (blue gloved hand on car trunk lid), Allen Ward (glasses), Brian Wages (side view beard), Jessica Ovall (maroon jacket, blue hat), Coy Roberts (standing by big box), James Barrett (above left set of orange boxes) and Jose Guerrero (head is visible above the back middle orange box).
Megan Gallimore and Maggie Neal
Megan Gallimore, Jordan Banks and Maggie Neal getting ready to unload vehicles.
Michael Boone directing traffiM
Michael Boone directs traffic.
Amanda Champion directing traffic
Amanda tells what comes next.
Mr. Bakker Morgan Morris and Ashley Clum
Bob Bakken, Journalist (DeSoto County Times/ Tribune), Morgan Morris, Ashlee Clum (delivering water to workers).
adam daprato in bin
Working the dumpsters…one of the most sweltering jobs. Dane Darby, Drake Darby (back container), Adam DaPrato (front).
traffic directors
Good times as the cars roll in! Mellonice Houston is working the car line in the back of this picture *somewhere*. Tamara Rice is standing immediately to the right of the cone.


Mr. Laughter directing the operation
Enjoying the moment: Ray Laughter and Vanessa Lynchard with NWCC students.

Initial Group picture:  Carley Laney


Melissa Herring, Rolecia Johnson (unload area)

Tonian Currie (intake area)

Paige Lyons (inventory list, main road)




  1. I had a lot more fun than I thought I would volunteering here. There were a whole lot of paint cans people were getting rid of.


  2. This Was a great thing to do !! Volunteering and getting active to give back to the community that gives so much to us ‼️❤️ Thanks Dr. Barnes for the enthusiastic movement😊


  3. It looks like everyone had a great experience. I wish I had gone there and help. Hopefully I can help if there is a another.


  4. I am glad y’all were able to get out there and do some good for the community. After a day like that, you feel like a better person!


  5. I was unable to attend this event but it looks like a great opportunity to get involved with the community. Thanks for posting!


  6. I saw five familiar faces. Wish I could have joined in on this community hazardous waste day. I hope to be apart of the family next time. Good job to the ones who attended.

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