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Hazardous waste collection offered for Norwalk residents

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

What do you do with leftover paint, fertilizers, pool chemicals, batteries all the things not allowed in regular trash pickup?

Norwalk is solving that problem for residents with its first hazardous waste disposal pickup Sept. 22. Residents can bring hazardous materials to the parking lot behind the Huron County building at 180 Milan Ave. from 8 a.m. until noon.

"You've got residents that have these things in their basements, in their garages, in their storage sheds," Norwalk Safety- Service Director Dale Sheppard said. "Brake fluids, fluorescent bulbs, motor oil there's no way to get rid of these things normally. We don't want people to dump them on the ground or pour them down the sewer. We want to help the residents get rid of stuff safely."

The Norwalk sanitation department is not licensed to pick up hazardous materials.

The parking lot at the county administration building will be closed at 5 p.m. Sept. 21, so Environmental Enterprises Inc., a Cincinnati based company that is licensed to dispose of hazardous waste, can set up for the program. Residents will not be able to get to the paper recycling bins on the parking lot after that time.

The city worked out an agreement with Environmental Enterprises for a $22,500 maximum charge for the program. Sheppard said if the total cost of disposal of items brought in is less, the city will be charged less.

The bonus for the city is that if more than $22,500 of hazardous materials are brought in, the city can only be charged the set amount. Sheppard explained, however, the cost of future hazardous disposal programs would be based on how much is brought in on this first effort.

Residents can bring a whole laundry list of items not normally accepted in the city's trash program paint, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, propane, resins, glues, adhesives, smoke detectors, pharmaceuticals, batteries, fluorescent lamps and bulbs, aerosols, fire extinguishers, mercury articles and mixed solvents and oils such as gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel.

Items with freon such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners will not be accepted. Construction materials also will not be accepted. Sheppard said the cost of the program would be much higher of those materials were accepted so the city decided to exclude them from the program.

For more information about the hazardous waste pickup, residents can call Sheppard at (419) 663-6700.

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