It’s been five years since county officials first partnered with a Cochranton-based company to host a household hazardous waste recycling event in Warren County.
The program has collected 131.7 tonnes of material since its inception.
So the effort continues this weekend in what is the third event this year to be held at the Warren County School District Central Office at 6280 Market St., Russell.
It will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The county contracts with ECS & R, a Cochranton-based recycling company, to provide the service.
Pre-registration is required for the event and those interested are asked to register on ecsr.net or call (866) 815-0016.
County planner Dan Glotz explained that the biggest event was the first one held at the Warren Mall.
“Since then, we have organized 13 additional fundraising events, three per year”, he said, with the exception of a COVID-19 cancellation in April 2020.
“I thought the numbers would end up going down over time. But that doesn’t seem to be the case ”, he said. “133 households participated in our April event and 116 in our July event. “
He explained that a grant from the State Department of Environmental Protection allows organizers to charge users only 50 percent of the cost, with the grant covering the remaining 50 percent.
“The fees charged cover the cost of the crew that we bring in to manage the event”, he added.
WCSD has partnered with the county to enable events to be held at district facilities – Sheffield in April, Youngsville High School in July and Central Office in October. It’s a convenient way to broadcast events to different parts of the county, he said.
“We intend to continue as long as the need exists and the DEP grant program remains in place,” Glotz said.
The cost to use the service is set per pound and depends on what you are looking to recycle – $ 2 per pound for household hazardous waste, $ 1.50 for light bulbs and batteries, $ 0.40 for all non-CRT devices, $ 0.60 for tube and CRT televisions and monitors, $ 0.70 for small devices containing Freon, and $ 0.75 per pound for paint.
There is a fixed charge of $ 4 per recycled propane tank.
The county offers advice on what is and is not recyclable at this event.
“Electronic” includes computers and peripherals, televisions, printers, microwaves, CD and cassette players, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, telephones, laptops, VCR and DVD players, telephone systems, dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
Household hazardous waste includes products such as cleaning products, aerosols, pool chemicals, paint, wood / metal cleaners and polishes, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, tanks propane, driveway sealer, stain, paint stripper, batteries, light bulbs, oil, fuel additives, transmission / brake fluid, antifreeze, degreasers, car wax, bleach, laundry detergent, indoor pesticides, flea control, insect repellants, mouse and rat poisons and strychnine.
Items that cannot be accepted include medical waste, radioactive material, tires, syringes, ammunition, explosives, and major appliances.