Household Hazardous Waste Collection held in Washington County

MARIETTA, Oh. (WTAP) - With warm temperatures finally arriving, it's time for a little spring cleaning.

Dozens of cars lined Route 7 in Marietta for a hazardous waste collection event Saturday at Solvay Employee Park.

The event ran from 9 to 3 p.m

Items that could be disposed of included: insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, antifreeze, used oil, rat poison, solvents, transmission fluid, household cleaners, gasoline, car batteries, fertilizers, stains, paints, wood strippers, creosote, bleach, moth balls, pool chemicals, kerosene, radiator cleaners, grease, ammonia, sealants, degreasers, cesspool cleaners, photo chemicals, brake fluid, engine cleaners, metal polish, paint thinner, fluorescent light tubes and bulbs, glue, auto Freon, varnish, lighter fluid, oil filters, diesel, adhesives, propane cylinders and dry and wet cell batteries.

Ammunition, explosives, fireworks, smoke detectors, radioactive materials, gun powder, flares, tires and pressurized fire extinguishers are not accepted.

The event was open to residents of Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington counties.

Organizers say it's very important to safely dispose of things like motor oil, car batteries, household cleaners, paint, and pesticides.

"If you throw it out with regular trash, it goes to a landfill," said Dan McCabe, employee of Environmental Enterprises, "and what goes to a landfill, comes out of a landfill."

"It does as there's been studies by U.S. EPA that indicates just that so, you're getting rid of the hazards associated with some of this."

Several local companies and groups helped fund and sponsor the event: Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, Washington County Responsible Care Group, Waste Management of WV, AmericasStyrenics, Kraton and Solvay.

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