Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is back, and we urge readers to take advantage of a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way of disposing of unwanted materials considered too hazardous to throw away with the regular trash.
Due to funding concerns, this community event skipped last year, so there's likely lots of articles in need of disposal. Among the items accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 14 will be:
n Used oil and antifreeze
n Aerosol cans
n Florescent tubes
Tires will not be accepted, but certainly the event will allow many homeowners to dispose of unwanted items in the best way possible. The annual community Paint Swap will be held the same day.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection/Paint Swap days have always been well utilized in the past. Organizers report as many as 3,000 gallons of paint being dropped off or swapped in past years.
Waste will not be accepted from commercial, industrial, government or agricultural sources. For all of the information about what can be dropped off and what cannot, go to www.wasteabate.org.
It's important that we recycle and reuse what we can, which is why the paint swap is so important. But it's also important that when we do have to dispose of potentially hazardous items we do so responsibly. Thanks goes to the Southeast Ohio Joint Solid Waste district and the following companies/local governments for providing this much needed service: Kraton Polymers, American Styrenics, Solvay Advanced Polymers, GPS Piping Services and the cities of Marietta and Belpre.