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Disposal event a success

Published 2:47pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Electronics, pharmaceuticals, tires thrown away


With 270 vehicles coming through in four hours, this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection scored high marks with its organizers.

“This biggest year was 2011,” Dan Palmer, coordinator of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, said. “This ranked second. I am very, very pleased with the turnout.”

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday cars and trucks formed a steady line into Dow Chemical at Hanging Rock to allow the solid waste district to dispose of hazardous and electronic waste, tires and pharmaceuticals. The record was 322 vehicles two years ago.

The morning ended with more than 50,060 in waste collected including 1,200 pounds of flammable liquids; 4,000 pounds of electronic equipment; 12,000 pounds of paint-related materials such as thinners; 24,000 pounds of latex paint; and 1,009 tires.

The City of Portsmouth alone brought in 175 tires.

“If we didn’t take these tires and just about every other vehicle had them, where would we be,” Palmer said.

Also collected were medications, both solids and liquids, that totaled 69 pounds.

“This event has been going on for several years now and we have the drug box in our lobby where people can dispose of items,” Jeff Lawless, Lawrence County Sheriff, said. “To still get that amount of pills for the take-back is amazing. I am glad people are taking advantage of this to rid their homes of pills.”

The Household Hazardous Waste Event is always on the last Saturday of September.

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  • RUNutz

    Granted, the collection and disposal of hazardous waste items is a good thing, but calling the event successful is stretching it. I’m wondering why, since there are 8,760 hours in a year, minus 1,248 hours for weekends and 264 hours for holidays, leaving 6,238 hours Monday through Friday, yet the Scioto-Lawrence County Solid Waste Management District thinks four hours per year sufficient to get the job done. Some Lawrence County residents may have needed to drive an 80-mile round trip to dispose of hazardous waste, computers, monitors, printers, etc., but unable to do so withing the limited time window. I suggest the powers that be and state their intent to clean up our environment do so quarterly at a minimum; otherwise, most people will dispose of unwanted items the old fashioned way and dump them wherever.

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