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Hazardous waste cleanup attracts more than 100

HAVERHILL — Local officials said they are pleased with the turnout for the third annual Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup that was Saturday at Dow Chemical in Haverhill.

Stephanie Helms, education coordinator for the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District, said 128 took advantage of the opportunity to dispose of unwanted household items that can’t be taken to an ordinary landfill.

“The numbers were lower than what we expected, but we were hit by a downpour (Saturday morning) and that may have deterred some people,” Helms said. “But it was steady pretty much all day. We may have gotten a five-minute break when there were no cars coming through. But it was steady and things went well.”

The event, co-sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services, Dow Chemical and Americas Styrenics, collected old tires, paint and paint thinner, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, batteries and old computer components.

The hazardous waste cleanup event is one of several services and programs offered by the solid waste office in an effort to reduce illegal dumping and litter throughout the county and to aid residents in properly disposing of unwanted items.

For more information about the services of the solid waste office, call 532-1231.