Where Can I Recycle My Hazardous Household Waste?

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

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When it comes to recycling, it is important to know what items are considered hazardous household waste (HHW). The fact of the matter is, we are using a lot of items in our household that fall into that category and we might not even know it! Thankfully, Summit ReWorks has all the information you need and we want to share it with you!

Not recycling HHW can be harmful to the environment and anyone who comes into contact with it. “Certain types of HHW have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets, and present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.” When you recycle HHW, it also conserves resources and energy that would be spent producing more products.

For Summit County residents only, Summit ReWorks provides a safe and convenient option for recycling any hazardous waste. The HHW Recycling Center (HHWRC) will be open from 2 PM – 8 PM during the months of June – September, so gather up any HHW you may have around the house and be prepared to drop them off!

Accepted HHW materials fall into these categories:


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Automotive Fluids
Paint & Related
Household Cleaners
Lawn & Garden
Garage & Workshops
Scrap Tires
Beauty Products
For detailed items under these categories, make sure you visit the Summit ReWorks’ HHW page.

Products such as nail polish remover, window cleaners, bug spray and glue are all common household items that are used in our everyday lives. Can you believe that these products are considered HHW? Proper disposal of HHW can really make a difference in your community and in your home, so do your part and recycle your HHW!

Toxic Waste Center Reopens in Summit County

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center has reopened for the season.  The waste center, located at 1201 Graham Road off of Rout 8 in Stow, will be open on Thursdays now through September 25th from 2-8 p.m.

Many of the common household products we find in our homes contain the same chemicals found in hazardous industrial chemicals and can create similar environmental and health problems. By not throwing chemicals in garbage, down the sink, or on the ground you can protect your family’s health and preserve the environment.

The center takes items like oil-based paints, insecticides, pesticides, and other toxic household wastes found in garages, basements, and under sinks. The toxic waste center accepts old tires from passenger’s car and light trucks at a cost of $1 each. Tires can be on or off the rim and there is a limit of 10 tires per visit.

The facility is no longer accepting latex paints (visit www.summitreworks.com for information about disposing latex paint) or containers larger than 5 gallons. The center is also no longer accepting computers, televisions, electronics, cellphones, and toner cartridge due to the high cost of recycling those items in particular. For more information and a list of acceptable items, call 330-374-0383 or go to www.summitreworks.com

Community Waste Center by ReWorks Open Thursdays Only

by Cindy Pantea

The ReWorks Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center, located at 1201 Graham Road in Stow, is now open only on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 26. This is a change from two days to one.

According to an article in The Beacon Journal by Bob Downing, between the cost to operate the center and the district money problems, the facility has had to make changes, such as this reduction in days, for financial reasons.

No Water-Based Latex Paints

Another change in the Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center’s facility operations is that it will no longer take water-based latex paint which, according to executive director Yolanda Walker, accounted for 40 percent of the waste to be processed, The Beacon Journal article states. Other types of paints, however, are accepted.

To rid of your water-based latex paint, the article adds, air dry or solidify and throw in household trash. To help solidify, use corn cob-based CobZorb, cat litter or shredded newspapers.

No Toxic Wastes

The Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center does not accept pesticides, insecticides and other types of toxic wastes.

No Electronics or Toner

The site also no longers accepts electronics (including computers, televisions and cellphones), and they will not accept toner. This is due to the high cost of recycling such items.

Bring Your Tires

Keep Akron Beautiful often receives many calls about where to scrap tires, the Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center will take tires for $1 each with a limit of 10. These are accepted from passenger cars and light trucks on or off the rim.

The ReWorks Summit County Household Hazardous Waste Center was the first permanent center of its kind in Ohio when it opened in 1996. There is no charge for Summit County households to use the facility. However, the Center will not accept wastes from  businesses, churches, schools, and other organizations.

ReWorks also offers alternate methods of disposing of hazardous waste. Click here for to view ReWorks’ How to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste flyer shown below or call them at 330.374.0383 for more information or resources.

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Confidential Shredding and Waste Recycling Dates by ReWorks

by Cindy Pantea

ReWorks invites you to recycle more! That’s why they are sponsoring confidential paper shredding events to take place on Saturdays between 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON for Summit County residents and businesses. There is a limit of 10 file boxes or shopping bags at each shredding event scheduled as follows:

  • May 11 – Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center at 1201 Graham Rd., Stow (NO Hazardous Waste Waste* will be accepted at this event)
  • Jun 08 – Fairlawn Service Department at 3300 Fairlawn Service Dr. (off Smith Rd.)
  • Jul 13 – Macedonia City Hall at 9691 Valley View Rd.
  • Aug 10 – Green Central Administration at 1755 Townpark Blvd.
  • Sept 14 – Barberton BCF Sports Complex at 841 Wooster Rd. W. (enter Wooster Rd. West only)
  • Oct 05 – The Job Center at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron

Remember to remove and reuse: binder clips, paper clips, rubber bands, report covers, binders, and hanging files. NOTHING made of plastic, wood or metal  will be accepted. Staples are okay.

 *Got Hazardous Waste?

On each Thursday, June 6 through September 26, 2013, 2-8 PM, the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center at 1201 Graham Rd. in Stow will be open to accept your hazardous waste with a couple stipulations: (1) NO latex paint accepted and (2) Residents only – NO businesses, churches or organizations.

Need Alternate Hazardous Waste Disposal Solutions?

If you need alternate hazardous waste disposal solutions, ReWorks has a .pdf brochure with information here. For other information or to contact ReWorks, visit summitreworks.com or call 330-374-0383. 

With a renewed focus on sustainability, ReWorks provides the citizens of Summit County with the programs, resources and knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of the environment.

ReWorks, Keep Akron Beautiful, The City of Akron, the County of Summit, and the Greater Akron Chamber are proud founders of The Summit of Sustainability Awards.