The Ohio County Solid Waste Authority will hold its annual hazardous waste collection event next month.
Only county residents are asked to bring chemicals and other items to a location that will be set up outside the Highlands Recycling Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 24.
Hazardous waste can be liquids such as gasoline, turpentine, antifreeze and pool chemicals, or items like fluorescent light bulbs, explained Rebecca Friend, director of the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority.
“It’s the things you accumulate over the years that you can’t put in the curbside pickup,” Friend explained.
Those bringing in hazardous materials will be required to show valid identification showing they are an Ohio County resident. Proof of Ohio County ownership is also acceptable, she said.
What will not be accepted at the September 24 event are electronic devices.
The recycling center does not accept electronics because they can be recycled at the nearby Best Buy store, Friend explained. She said the solid waste authority wants to use its resources wisely and not duplicate what is already available.
The hazardous waste collection event coincides with the twice-monthly collection of used tires at the recycling centre, Friend explained.
Tires are collected at the center on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, and it’s a state program open to all West Virginia residents, she said. There is a limit of 10 tires accepted at a time.
“If someone can’t make it to these events – or if they have more than 10 tires – they should call and make an appointment,” Friend said. “Having more than 10 tires bogs down the line, but we’re happy to take them.”
The recycling center has changed carriers and now accepts scrap metal, she continued.
Also accepted are cardboard boxes, junk mail and newspapers, as well as aluminum cans, pie pans and aluminum foil.
In addition, a wide range of plastics are accepted at the recycling center, including the following:
– Number 1 plastics: These are things like cold drink cups, pop bottles, water bottles, clear hinged containers, peanut butter containers, salad dressing bottles, and serving trays. cooking ready to cook.
– Number 2 plastics: Includes milk jugs, juice bottles, cleaner bottles, trash can liners, and butter and yogurt containers.
– Plastics number 5: Plastic plates and bowls are accepted, as well as cutlery, syrup bottles and ketchup bottles.
Plastic film products, such as plastic bags, can also be brought to the recycling center. Plastic film is often recycled into composite decking.
For every 500 pounds of plastic wrap collected in Ohio County, Trex donates one park bench to the county. The first was placed near the Doughboy statue in Wheeling Park.
Since then, another 24 benches have come to the county. These were then turned over to local organizations, which decide on their location, according to Friend.
The recycling center is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.
“If you can’t come during this time, don’t illegally discard or leave material,” she said. “We will be happy to make arrangements.”
The Ohio County Solid Waste Authority can be contacted at 304-234-3884.