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Orleans won’t have household hazardous waste collection event this year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 June 2020 at 8:17 am

Photo by Tom Rivers: Employees with Environmental Enterprises Inc. in Cincinnati sort some the household hazardous waste at one of the stations on August 17, 2018. Orleans hosted a household hazardous waste collection each year since 2015. Before that it was every two years.

ALBION — Orleans County won’t be holding its annual household hazardous waste collection event this year. County officials expect the event to be back next year, likely in August.

The event allows residents to dispose of tires, propane tanks, auto/marine batteries and other hazardous household waste in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

The county typically pays Environmental Enterprises, Inc. of Cincinnati about $18,000 to collect and remove the household hazardous waste, with the state them reimbursing the county about half of the costs.

Orleans County last year accepted tires for the first time. There was a big response from the public with about 1,000 tires dropped off at by the Orleans County Highway Department on West Academy Street.

The county has been holding the household hazardous waste collection on annual basis since 2015. Before that it was biennially.

Last year residents also dropped off 349 propane tanks and 52 auto/marine batteries. They also disposed of oil-based paints, solvents, polishes/waxes, aerosols, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, adhesives & resins, motor oil & filters, acids, corrosives, antifreeze and other household hazardous waste.

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