2007-07-28 / News

Free HHW disposal day set for Aug. 11

THORNVILLE- It's easy for old cans and bottles containing hazardous and noxious chemicals to collect in basements and garages because they're often tough to dispose of properly, even though they can present fireor health risks.

Saturday, Aug. 11, the Coshocton Fairfield-Licking-Perry Solid Waste District and the Perry County Recycling and Litter Prevention program are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste collection event in Thornville, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Thornville Elementary School parking lot.

Residents are encouraged to bring herbicides, poisons of any kind, old chemicals, oil based stains, paints, household batteries, solvents, cleansers, old fuels, and any old bottles and cans of anything that may be considered hazardous. There is NO charge to dispose of hazardous chemicals. The event is for residences only - no businesses, please.

Jim Hart, director of Perry County Recycling, said "Those bringing in items for collection will be asked to remain in their vehicles; the contracted employees will remove the containers and transport them to a sorting area. There, all the different categories of chemicals will be packed for shipment to a treatment facility. As much as possible, individual items are recycled back into the industrial resource stream."

Businesses wanting to dispose of hazardous material may contact Veolia Environmental at 1 (800) 722-1179. There will be a charge to businesses.

This may be the last time latex paint will be accepted. It costs money for the contractor to take all of the hazardous materials collected. If citizens bring in empty paint cans or cans of hard latex paint, money is wasted. Citizens are encouraged to sort paint cans. Trash haulers will accept paint cans without lids on them.

Tires, appliances, and scrap metals will not be accepted.

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