That old can of oil-based paint and those containers of cleaners don’t have to gather dust in your garage, but can safely be disposed of thanks to a new pilot program by the Clark County Solid Waste District.
The district collected household waste once a year at their facility at 1602 W. Main St., but the response was overwhelming, said Steve Schlather, program coordinator.
“We used to do one once a year for several years, and we’d get anywhere from 200 to 500-plus cars come through,” Schlather said. “We’re trying to make it a little more convenient.”
For a fee of $1 per pound of materials, the district will accept items such as cleaning solvents, pesticides, lawn care products, mercury, petroleum products, poisons, polishes, pool chemicals, weed killers, photo chemicals, auto fluids, used motor oil, epoxy, oil-based paint and batteries of all kinds.
The first day for the drop off is Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments are required, and only the first 30 to register will be accepted, Schlather said.
Other rounds of hazardous waste collection are scheduled for April 5, June 7, Aug. 2 and Oct. 4 this year.
Springfield resident Lance Wilcoxen said he has a garage full of items he can get rid of through the program.
“It’s good they have it,” he said.
The program is open only to residents of Clark County. No business, school, church or farm waste will be accepted. Materials that will not be accepted include explosives, smoke alarms and containers larger than 50 pounds or 5 gallons. Dayton-based Veolia has been contracted to dispose of the items. The $1 per pound fee helps cover that cost, Schlather said.
Through the program, the center will also accept electronics, latex paint, fluorescent bulbs, used tires, appliances and documents for secure destruction as part of its regular specialty recycling program. Fees vary by item.
To find a list of accepted items or to make an appointment, call (937) 521-2020 or visit www.32trash.org.