Waste district hosting electronics collection

LISBON – Anyone needing to get rid of household electronic devices that no longer work or old paint and other materials in the garage can do so at the same event scheduled for Sept. 6 at the Columbiana County Fairgrounds.

The drop-off event hosted by the three-county Solid Waste District will be held from 9 a.m. until noon and is open only to county residents. No items from businesses will be accepted.

In the past, the SWD, which serves Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties, held separate events – one to collect electronic devices and appliances and another for household hazardous waste and tires.

SWD Director Eric Matthews said they decided to go with a combined collection event this year after the 2013 household hazardous waste event drew a small crowd. He is hoping a combined event will prove more popular.

“We’re trying to make it easier,” he said.

Most electronic items will be accepted, such as old computers, TVs, VCRs, microwaves and fax machines. There will be a $5 fee to dispose of a CRT TV and CRT computer monitor, with only cash being accepted. The electronics will be recycled.

The same goes for the household hazardous wastes, which include oil-based paints, thinners, solvents, pool chemicals, antifreeze, transmission fluid, oven cleaners, pesticides, household batteries, fluorescent bulbs and wood preservatives.

There is a 100-pound per household limit for these materials, and no containers larger than five gallons will be accepted.

Not accepted are latex paint, empty paint cans, car batteries and used motor oil. Some auto parts stores accept used oil and batteries, while latex paint can be donated for community projects, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Used car and light truck tires will also be accepted but for a fee, with 50 cents for car/light truck tires, up to 10 and $2 for every tire after that. All tires must be free of debris and water.

The district is seeking a federal grant to establish a permanent location at the fairgrounds that would be opened perhaps once a week to accept electronic devices and household hazardous wastes for recycling.