The Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District has been busy as of late with programs and activities aimed at helping residents recycle and dispose of unwanted items.
The district recently changed contractors for its recycling program, which will equate to some change in the system. .
“In August we went out for bids on the recycling, our contract was up with Rumpke,” Dan Palmer, director of the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District said.
He said there were two bids received one from Rumpke and another from Republic Services.
“After looking at everything, the bid was awarded to Republic. With that, they (Republic) ordered us 94 brand new recycling containers and the containers will be in the color of blue,” Palmer said. “Now, the signage of our name and what’s acceptable, not acceptable has not arrived.”
The Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District started a recycling program for the residents of Scioto and Lawrence Counties in 2006. The district has set up recycle bins at locations throughout the county, to allow residents the opportunity to recycle.
Since the launch of the recycling program, the amount of items collected has only increased. Plamer said he’s continually amazed by the increasing volumes of items collected.
Palmer said the district’s contract with Rumpke is up Oct. 1, and Republic has the containers that will be placed in the same spots as before. He said for a little while the containers will not be marked, but the same rules and regulations as before are still in place.
Recyclables accepted are: papers (newspaper, office paper, magazines); aluminum cans (beverage cans); steel cans (soup cans, etc.); plastic No. 1 (beverage bottles); plastic No. 2 (milk & juice jugs, liquid detergent bottles, trash bags, etc.)
“We’re asking people to be patient with us until the signage comes in. The signage is supposed to be in by Oct. 10,” Palmer said.
He said the district also had the most participation it’s ever in their recent, Household Hazardous Waste Event.
The district holds this event every two years allowing residents an avenue to dispose of various house hazardous waste items.
At the event there were 285 cars that participated in the event dropping off 170 pounds of batteries, 520 tires, 24,000 paint related materials, 3,600 pounds of oil, 9,999 pounds of oil. There were 4,000 pounds of toxic solids and toxic liquids dropped off. There were 51 pounds of pharmaceuticals and 31 pounds of liquid medications and 3,000 pounds of document shredding.
Of the 285 participating vehicles 121 were from Scioto County and 164 vehicles from Lawrence County.
The district is also hosting a tire amnesty program, that’s being offered free of charge to Scioto County residents. There will be two events with the first one being Friday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Nauvoo Elementary School location at 520 Clavert’s Lane in West Portsmouth. The second event will be held Friday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lowe’s of Wheelersburg, 7915 Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg.
In order to participate in the tire amnesty program you must show proof of residency in Scioto County. By law a person is only allowed to transport 10 tires, the tires must be off the rim and businesses will not be permitted to participate in the program.
For information about the programs and activities of the Lawrence Scioto Solid Waste Management District visit www.lsswmd.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext.1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter