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Piled high: HHW event garners tires, computers and other unwanted items

HAVERHILL — Roger Miller of South Point waited in line Saturday morning to unload a few boxes of paint cans he didn’t want anymore.

“Mom had a lot of paint and stuff in the basement,” he explained to Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District Director Dan Palmer.

“How much paint do you think you have?” Palmer asked.

“Lord, I couldn’t tell you,” Miller replied. But he was glad to get rid of what he had.

Behind Miller in line, Leo Schley of Proctorville had some paints cans and bottles of chemicals he needed to get rid of and behind him, the line of cars at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event stretched from the parking lot of Dow Chemical all the way to County Road 1A.

“This wasn’t supposed to start until 9 (a.m.) but we went ahead and started at 20 ‘til 9,” Palmer said. “We had cars lined up and it’s been continuous since then.”

In fact, the event had seen its 115th guest just after 10 a.m.

Each year for the last six, the waste district, along with Veolia Environmental Services, Dow Chemical and Americas Styrenics, have organized an event to allow residents of the two counties to dispose of unwanted items that should not go into a traditional landfill.

As each car pulled into the collection area, the unwanted contents were taken to waiting boxes. Old computers, pesticides, motor oil and even unwanted medicines were among the items taken.

Rob Lyon of Franklin Furnace volunteered to help. He was one of two college students who are required to perform community service to get a degree in environmental science.

The event volunteers even collected a can of spent rifle shells.

One item was turned away: an urn of arsenic. Palmer said the woman wanted them to pour out the arsenic and scrape the urn clean and give it back to her.

The rules of the event, for the safety of all concerned, prohibit this. All items must be left in the package in which it was brought to the event and the container must be left.

Totals on the amounts collected will be available next week.