Ohio County Hazardous Waste Collection Set for Saturday

By JOSELYN KING

Staff Writer

WHEELING — Ohio County residents wishing to dispose of chemicals such as old gasoline, paints and antifreeze sitting idle on garage shelves will get the opportunity to do so this weekend.

The Ohio County Solid Waste Authority is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wheeling Operations Center, located at 10 Hunter Ave., Wheeling.

Items accepted will include gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, paint thinner, used oil and oil filters, varnish, transmission fluid, turpentine, lighter fluid, solvents, fluorescent light tubes, swimming pool chemicals, pesticides, and auto and appliance batteries.

Anyone bringing items must be prepared to show proof of Ohio County residency.

The collection is not open to businesses or industry, confirmed Tammy Bonar , manager of the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority.

Bonar said Ohio County has contracted with Clean Harbors of Wheeling for the collection, and Clean Harbors will be responsible for disposing of the materials.

She expects the collection to cost Ohio County between $30,000 and $40,000, and this will be paid for through a partial grant from the West Virginia Solid Waste Management board. The remainder will come from the county authority’s budget.

No propane tanks of any size will be accepted, nor will any film-processing chemicals, according to Bonar.

“We ask that people stay in their vehicle during the collection, and that they have they items packed in their vehicle in some way so somebody else can get out,” she said. “They will look through before you leave and examine the items. That way, if they have any questions, they can ask you while you are still there.”

Tires are another items that won’t be accepted at the hazardous waste collection.

The West Virginia Department of Environment will sponsor a tire pick-up from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at The Highlands, in the lot between Cabela’s and Best Buy.

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