By 1812Blockhouse

As spring blooms in Richland County, it’s time for residents to freshen up their homes, garages, and yards. But what to do with those unwanted cans of paint or outdated electronics? Enter the Richland County Solid Waste’s Event for Household Hazardous Waste, providing a safe, responsible way to dispose of such items.

Safeguarding Our Environment

Richland County’s approach to hazardous waste is more than just about tidying up; it’s about protecting our environment. The event, which is slated for two dates, April 20th and October 19th, between 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, is part of a broader initiative to promote sustainability and safeguard public health.

What You Can Bring

Residents are encouraged to sort through their homes for hazardous materials that shouldn’t be in the regular trash. The event accepts a wide range of products, including:

  • Paints and solvents such as turpentine and lighter fluid.
  • Automotive products like old gasoline, used oil, and vehicle batteries.
  • Garden chemicals, including pesticides, fertilizers, and rat poisons.
  • Household items like aerosols, bleach, and drain cleaners.
  • Electronic waste such as smoke detectors and non-PCB ballasts.

Each category of waste has specific disposal requirements, which the event aims to address.

Items Not Accepted

It’s equally important to note what cannot be accepted at the event:

  • Large appliances, ammunition, and medical waste are a no-go.
  • Everyday trash, tires, and business-related waste should be disposed of through regular channels.

How to Participate

Participation is easy but comes with some guidelines:

  • Proof of residency is required to ensure the service benefits Richland County citizens.
  • Attendees must remain in their vehicles; items will be collected by the Environmental Enterprise employees.
  • The event is capacity-limited, accepting up to 1,500 cars or until the maximum weight capacity is reached.

A Community Effort

This event isn’t going solo; it’s a concerted effort by various sponsors, including Environmental Enterprises Inc., Richland County Fairgrounds, and Richland Public Health. This collaboration underscores the community’s commitment to ecological responsibility.

Sharing this information is vital. Residents can learn more about the event by visiting www.richlandrecycles.com or by calling 419-774-5861.

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