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LSSWMD announces 2015 event schedule

The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District Coordinator Dan Palmer has announced the schedule of events for 2015.

The district’s Christmas tree recycling program began in December and lasted until Jan. 9. Palmer said more than 150 trees were collected and will be placed in Lake Vesuvius to create a fish habitat.

Saturday, April 25, is the eighth annual Lawrence County Drug Take-Back Day at Ironton Hills Plaza. The drug take-back day began in 2007 and this year for the first time excess or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication can be turned in at pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes.

Last year’s event garnered a record number of items — 60 pounds of pills and 37 pounds of syringes from 52 vehicles.

More than 370 tons of trash were collected by more than 330 volunteers during last year’s countywide cleanup. More than 33 groups and civic organizations cleaned 50 miles of roadways in Lawrence County.

On Saturday, May 16 at Ironton Hills Plaza is the Lawrence County Document Shred/E-waste Day. The event is free of charge and computer monitors, cell phones, desktops and laptops will be accepted. Televisions cannot be accepted.

On Friday, June 12, at Sam’s Club in Burlington is Recycling Appreciation Day.

“We will offer free refreshments and have handouts for people,” Palmer said. “The basis of the event is giving kudos to the people for caring.”

The Ohio River Sweep is 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 20, at various locations in Lawrence and Scioto counties. River Sweep is a riverbank cleanup that extends the entire length of the Ohio River and beyond. More than 3,000 miles of shoreline will be combed for trash and debris. This is the largest environmental event of its kind and encompasses six states.

The household hazardous waste collection event takes place every two years and is currently scheduled for fall of 2016.

With the exception of the river sweep, all events take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.lsswmd.org or call 740-532-1231.