Tuesday, November 27, 2007

FYI: Columbus gets permanent Household Hazardous Waste Disposal site

Hello, NECKO - This is a great site that's now open to the public to make it easier to get rid of hazardous household wastes.  See below for more information from a recent press release.

-  William

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Permanent HHW Site



Residents of Franklin County will soon be able to dispose of their Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) at a centrally located permanent location.   SWACO, in conjunction with partner Environmental Enterprises Inc., will open its permanent HHW collection center on Wednesday November 28, 2007.  The facility is located at the corner of East 8th Ave. and Essex Ave. (1249 Essex… Essex is just a few blocks west of the 11th avenue exit of I-71).  Center hours will be Wednesdays from 2-9pm, starting November 28th.  Additionally, the facility will accept HHW's on Thursdays from 9am-6pm, starting November 29th.


"We are very excited to provide this additional service to residents and our partner communities," says SWACO Executive Director Ron Mills.  "While SWACO plans to continue our warmer weather mobile HHW collections, this location will provide a year round opportunity so residents do not have wait for SWACO to come to them." 


Residents may bring their old gasoline, lighter fluid, thinners, pool chemicals, paint, etc. to the 1249 Essex.  "We know that residents appreciate the availability of our environmentally sound methods of disposal," adds Mills.  In 2007, SWACO's mobile HHW drives netted 1.2-million pounds of material from 12,500 households. That is an increase of about 200,000 pounds from 2006.  A complete list of acceptable materials is found at www.swaco.org


 Director Mills emphasizes that HHW's should be brought to 1249 Essex only during the posted hours.  Dropping off materials during other times will be considered illegal dumping.  "We are happy to provide this facility and additional service to residents, but as with all SWACO operations we are ever mindful of our neighbors.  We hope residents will help us keep the area clean by using the facility only during the posted hours."

Quick Facts/SWACO

HHW Drop Off Site


-Address is 1249 Essex Ave (corner of East 8th & Essex).  Essex is a few blocks west of the 11th Ave. Exit of I-71.


-Site is open for HHW drop off Wednesdays 2-9pm & Thursdays 9am-6pm beginning November 28, 2007.


-This is a free service to residents of Franklin County.  Businesses should contact the Ohio EPA for disposal options.  Residents outside of Franklin County should contact their local solid waste district for HHW disposal.


-In 2007 SWACO HHW mobile drives collected 1.2-million pounds from 12,500 households (96 pounds per household).  That is an increase of 200,000 pounds from 2006.


-SWACO intends to keep the warm weather mobile collections in 2008.  The new center is an additional service.


-Leaving HHW's or anything else at the site during non-posted hours is considered illegal dumping.  SWACO through its "nail-a-dumper program" polices illegal dumping.