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.