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
Batteries
Scrap Tires
Home
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!

Where and How to Recycle A Tree in Summit County

By Jacqui Ricchiuti

The live Christmas tree that you have in your home will soon be ready for recycling! Here is a list of what to do after you take off the beautiful decorations and get ready for 2015!

Summit Metro Parks will recycle Christmas trees through January 31. Trees, cleaned of all decorations and tinsel, may be dropped off at five locations:

  • Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park, 2400 Harrington Road, Akron.
  • Brushwood Area at Furnace Run Metro Park, 4955 Townsend Road, Richfield Township.
  • Main Entrance (near the rear parking lot, near sled hill) at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St., Akron.
  • Treaty Line Area of Sand Run Metro Park, 995 Treaty Line Road, between Merriman Road and North Portage Path, Akron.
  • Big Oak area of Silver Creek Metro Park, 5199 Medina Line Road, Norton.

Visitors are to look for the signs that identify each drop-off area in the above parking lots. The park district typically gets about 2,000 trees, which it turns into mulch for the parks. For more information, call 330.865.8065 or visit www.summitmetroparks.org.

Akron- Leave your tree at the curb on regular trash days.

Barberton- Leave at curb on designated days by wards: Wards 5 and 6- January 12; Wards 1 and 4- January 13; and Wards 2 and 3- January 14.

Boston Heights- Leave by the roadside on Mondays through January.

Copley Township- Leave at the curb before 7 a.m. on January 5.

Fairlawn- Drop off at designated site near the Fairlawn compactor at 3294 Fairlawn Service Drive, off South Smith Road, any time.

Green- Place at curb on regular trash days or leave trees out by 6 a.m. January 3 and January 10 for recycling. Residents may also take to the city’s recycling center, 5383 Massillon Road, from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Hudson- Leave at the curbside by 7 a.m. on scheduled pickup days (by quadrants) from January 12- February 6. Residents of private lanes must place trees at the curb of the nearest public street. For schedule go to www.hudson.oh.us and enter “mulch” in the search box for more information on the Merry Mulch Program.

Macedonia- Leave at the curb on regular trash days. City residents may also leave trees on the brush pile at 9000 Valley View Road.

Mogadore- Residents should contact individual trash haulers.

Munroe Falls- Leave at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on January 14.

Hope you had a happy holiday!

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Recycle Volunteers Needed at Akron Marathon

 By Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

1383720_10153351253385604_1703861822_nKeep Akron Beautiful is partnering with the Akron Marathon to assist with recycling for the second year! Last year, Keep Akron Beautiful in conjunction with the marathon secured recycling bins for the race. KAB staff worked with the volunteers to make sure participants and spectators are putting the right items into the recycling bins!

The Akron Marathon will be held on Saturday September 27, 2014 and is still in need of recycling volunteers for both the marathon and the Health and Fitness Expo. The expo will take place on Friday September 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM at the John S. Knight Center on 77 E Mill Street Akron, OH 44308. During the shift, the Recycle Steward will be responsible for monitoring and guiding placement of trash and recycle items into appropriate receptacles. 

Here are the time slots that still need volunteers: 

Friday, September 26, 2014:

10:00 AM – 02:30 PM          5 spots

02:00 PM – 06:00 PM          2 spots

05:00 PM – 09:30 PM          7 spots 

 

Saturday, September 27, 2014:
05:00 AM – 07:45 AM          177 S Broadway                 15 spots

06:00 AM – 10:00 AM          Canal Park Stadium           23 spots

09:00 AM – 01:30 PM          Canal Park Stadium           5 spots 

To sign up go to http://www.akronmarathon.org/volunteers/

 

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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