LISBON - It's that time of year again when residents can dispose of their household hazardous wastes at an event sponsored by the three-county Solid Waste District, in conjunction with Heritage-WTI and East Liverpool City Hospital.
This year's drop-off event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds instead of in the county courthouse parking lot. County Commissioner Jim Hoppel said they had to move the event to a larger venue after last year's effort drew about 400 cars, resulting in long line of vehicles snaking around the block while waiting to get into the courthouse parking lot.
"It kind of jammed up the village for a while," he said.
As in past years, the items that will be acceptable are household wastes such as oil-based paints, paint thinners and stains, solvents, aerosols, driveway sealant, swimming pool chemicals, antifreeze, transmission fluid, batteries, oven cleaners, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs and wood preservatives.
Officials from East Liverpool City Hospital will be on hand to provide digital thermometers in exchange for mercury thermometers. Hoppel said one year they ran out of digital thermometers and had to run across the village square to Morgan's Drug Store to buy more to distribute.
The event was announced at last week's county commissioners meeting by Solid Waste District Director Chris Jacobs, who said this is one of their most popular programs and they have been receiving calls about when this year's drop-off was going to be held.
The district already held a drop-off event earlier this year for electronic devices. "We're not taking TVs, we're not taking computers. We're not taking anything electronic (at the Saturday event). This is just for household hazardous waste," he said.
WTI will incinerate the waste it is licensed to handle, with the rest of materials - such as those containing mercury (thermometers and fluorescent lightbulbs) - being disposed of through appropriate licensed companies, with WTI paying the bill.
Jacobs said the benefits of this annual event are obvious: It prevents household wastes from being disposed of in landfills, where it could possibly contaminate the soil and groundwater, while also extending the life of landfill because less waste is being disposed.
For more information, go to www.RecyclingMakesSense.org, or call Jacobs at 800-980-7311.
The waste district serves Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties.