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!

Apartment Recycling Made Easy

By: Nalee Vang, Communications Intern

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Living in an apartment can be both beneficial and challenging all together. A smaller space means less energy usage, like gas and electricity, which is great for the environment.  However, having your own space or just enough space for yourself could also prove to be a bit of a hassle once it comes to recycling. Curbside recycling has become the norm, but there are still some apartment complexes that don’t offer recycling pick up at all. It is often up to the landlord to make the decision for your rental.

If you live in one of these apartment complexes, you might understand the struggle.  Not only do you have to find space for your recyclables in your apartment, you also have to figure out how and where to get them recycled. A friend of mine collected tons of things to recycle, but never got to dropping them off and ended up just throwing all of it away. What a waste, literally.

Don’t end up this way! Apartment recycling is possible and can be made easy by utilizing some of these helpful tips on organization and finding recycling centers near you.

  1. Because space is so limited in an apartment, using stackable bins to separate
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    your recyclables will take up less space than putting them side-by-side. You can label each bin to its appropriate material and fill them up until recycling day.

  2. Do you have friends or family members with curbside recycling? Ask them if they’ll allow you to add your items to their bins. It’s important to be courteous and respectful with your recyclables if they will allow you to do so. Make sure to rinse out all recyclables and keep your items as neat as possible, so it’ll be less work for them.
  3. Do some research and find a recycling center in your area. If you cannot find one that is near you, try looking for centers that are closer to places you commute to often i.e. work, school, friends & family’s homes, your favorite store. If you’re not sure how to get started, Earth 911 is a great place to start!
    • Here are some places in the Akron area that can help you out with your recyclables:
      • Neoshred – Paper recycling
      • Pinnacle Recycling – Paper & plastic recycling
      • Victim Assistance Program – Used cell phone (in any condition) recycling. This program accepts used cell phones & smart phones as part of their individual safety plans, as phones without an active service provider can still be used to dial 911. Damaged phones or phones that no longer work will still be accepted and are shipped to a recycling company, in which the company will send a check to support the program.
      • Waste Management Recycling Drop-Off Site – For Akron residents only. Accepts most recyclables.
      • City of Cuyahoga Falls Recycling Drop-Off – For Cuyahoga Falls residents only. Accepts most recyclables.
  4. Start a recycling drop-off rotation with your neighbors. It could become a bit of a hassle having to go to the center multiple times. Even if going door-to-door to ask for participants isn’t your thing, you could always leave a note in a place where all residents can see, like the mailboxes. Leave any contact information that you are comfortable sharing with details about starting a recycling drop-off rotation and wait for replies. From there, you can come up with a schedule that best suits everyone involved.

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Even though it may be obvious to research nearby recycling centers, you never know if your neighbors are thinking the same thing. So, why not work together and make recycling easier for everyone?

Are you currently living in an apartment complex that doesn’t offer recycling? Have some more tips to add to these? Let us know! We’d love to hear more!