FPS staff report
September 4, 2012
Residents of Carroll, Columbiana and Harrison counties will be able to properly discard Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) that has accumulated in their homes and garages this month.
The Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District (EnviroPros) will be sponsoring a free HHW collection in Carrollton Sept. 15 at the Carroll County Highway Garage, located on Kensington Rd. adjacent to the county fairgrounds. The collection will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.
The free collection is only open to residents of the three-county Solid Waste District. The collection is intended to target hazardous consumer products that are no longer of use to residents. Materials that will be accepted include oil-based paints, thinners, solvents, pool chemicals, antifreeze, transmission fluid, oven cleaners, pesticides, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs and wood preservatives. These materials are either toxic, reactive, corrosive or explosive. There is 100 pound per household limit and no containers larger than 10 gallons will be accepted. Businesses and other non-household sources of hazardous materials will not be allowed to bring materials to the collection event. All non-household hazardous waste is regulated and must be managed in accordance with Ohio's hazardous waste regulations.
“The District believes that residential household hazardous materials should be recycled or disposed of properly,” says District Executive Director Chris Jacobs. “Hazardous materials such as these should be kept out of landfills and this program helps residents clean up old and unwanted household hazardous materials from their homes. If residents want to reduce the amount of hazardous materials they use, there are environmentally friendly alternatives that are very effective and generally cost less.”
Many of the materials collected at the events will not be incinerated or landfilled. The District's HHW Contractor will either make a fuel blend from the materials or recycle the chemical components.
Latex paint, empty paint cans, lead-acid (automobile) batteries and used motor oil will not be accepted at the collection events. Latex paint is not hazardous and there are readily available outlets for lead-acid batteries and used motor oil. The District encourages residents that have latex paint to donate it to a community organization that can use it for community projects (such as Habitat for Humanity or a theater group). If it is not possible to donate paint, it can be solidified with cat litter and disposed of in the trash; empty metal paint cans can be recycled at a scrap yard. Used oil and lead-acid batteries can be recycled at Carson's NAPA, A&A Discount Tire, Advance Auto Parts and AutoZone. In addition, Sears Auto Centers and Wal-Mart stores accept lead-acid batteries and used oil.
Used oil can also be dropped off at Vernon Dell Tractor in Carrollton and Countryside Recycling will accept lead-acid batteries.
“There are many convenient, local outlets for latex paint, lead-acid batteries and used oil that are available year-round,” Jacobs says. “That's why the District is not accepting these materials during the collection. We want to focus our efforts on the materials that are more difficult to handle.”
For more information about the collection event, locations that accept used oil and lead-acid batteries, environmentally friendly alternatives to hazardous products, or for information about waste reduction programs, visit the District's website, www.RecyclingMakesSense.org. Residents can also call the District at (330) 627-7311, or find us it on Twitter and Facebook (see the website for the links).