April 4, 2006
Summit Reopens Waste Center: Hazardous Materials Like Paint, Televisions Can Be Dropped Off
By Bob Downing, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio
Apr. 4--Summit County's recycling center for household hazardous waste reopens today for its 11th season.
Paint is the No. 1 item handled by the center, which also accepts tires, computers, televisions, solvents, automotive and yard chemicals, pesticides and other household chemicals.
Last year, the center took in 928,883 pounds of household wastes from a record 11,856 vehicles, said Yolanda Walker, executive director of the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority.
That was a slight drop from the record 945,331 pounds brought in by 11,492 vehicles in 2004, she said.
The typical car dropped off 78 pounds of waste, she said.
Eighty percent of the waste was recycled into paints and fuels by Indiana-based Heritage Environmental Services, which will be paid about $480,000 this year by the authority.
The center last year handled nearly 55,000 pounds of old televisions and more than 93,000 pounds of old computer equipment.
The center charges a $1-per-tire drop-off fee, $5 for 36-inch and smaller televisions and $10 for larger TVs.
Some 27,000 household products can cause environmental problems.
A typical American household has three to 10 gallons of such products stored away and generates an additional three gallons each year.
Many items can be dangerous to use and can pollute the environment when improperly discarded.
Though these products make up only 1 percent of Americans' garbage, they should not go into landfills or sewers or be dumped on the ground.
The Stow center was the first of its kind in Ohio.
Some counties hold one-day hazardous waste collections later in the year. Trumbull County opened a similar center last summer.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or [email protected]
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