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Household hazardous waste event date set

Each year for the past seven years, residents of Lawrence and Scioto counties have been able to dispose of unwanted paints, pesticides, electronics and even scrap tires properly for free one Saturday each fall. On Sept. 29, that service to the community will continue.

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District will offer a household hazardous waste event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event is again this year offered in partnership with Dow Chemical, Americas Styrenics, Veolia Environmental Services and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. The event will be in the front parking lot of the Dow plant in Haverhill on the Lawrence-Scioto line.

“It’s the perfect site,” Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District Director Dan Palmer said. “It’s easy for people to use it, to get in and get out quickly.”

This year there is a limit of 10 tires per vehicle and only passenger and light truck tires will be accepted.

“Last year we had people bring in these huge tires and we are not set up for that,” Palmer said.

Another change this year involves a new face and pair of hands to help share the workload. Brian Funk has assumed the position of plant manager at Dow Chemical. Funk assumed the leadership spot in December 2011. He said he is happy to be part of a good community service project.

“This provides an outlet for folks who want to get rid of paints or tires but don’t want to dump these items in the river or in the forest,” Funk said. “We encourage people to participate. I heard last year was a banner year.”

Again this year, the sheriff’s office will have deputies on hand to accept unwanted medicine. In the past, people who wanted to get rid of old prescription medicine often flushed pills and liquids down the household drain, which is not only unsafe but could eventually wind up polluting the water supply.

The HHW event will also accept old computers, monitors, printers and cellular phones. Televisions will not be accepted.

Also on the forbidden list are explosives, ammunition, yard waste, fuel tanks, heating oil tanks, regular household waste and appliances such as refrigerators.

It is open only to residents of Lawrence and Scioto counties and all must provide proof of residency.

Last year 322 vehicles dropped off unwanted items during the one-day collection event.

For more information call the solid waste district at 532-1231.