JB Green Team Plans Waste Collection Saturday in St. Clairsville

Photo Provided A hazardous waste collection was held recently at the Fort Steuben Mall in Steubenville. Another collection is scheduled for Saturday in St. Clairsville at the former Kmart parking lot.

Belmont and Jefferson county residents looking to get rid of old paint that’s been sitting the basement for years, that keg of used motor oil or other hazardous wastes can do so Saturday during JB Green Team’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former Kmart parking lot at the Ohio Valley Mall.

Tammy Shepherd, program director at JB Green Team’s Belmont County office, said last year’s waste collection event took in 20.81 tons of hazardous waste brought in by 348 vehicles.

“It’s amazing the things we do get in,” said Shepherd who also said someone once brought a jar of mercury found in a basement. “If someone was a dentist, they still might have supplies sitting around.

“Some people come with trailerfuls,” she said. “They’ve purchased a property that had sheds full of stuff or they had a parent who passed away who stockpiled stuff for years.”

Shepherd said waste can be taken only from households, not businesses. And only residents who live in Belmont or Jefferson counties can bring items.

Examples of what to bring include:

∫ Household cleaners, such as bleach, ammonia, carpet cleaner, oven cleaner;

∫ Lawn and garden chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides;

∫ Various pool chemicals;

∫ Aerosols;

∫ Oil-based paint and paint-related products, such as thinner, primer, stain, sealer, varnish and shellac;

∫ Solvents, strippers, turpentine and wood preservatives;

∫ Kerosene, lighter fluid and gasoline;

∫ Roof coating and driveway sealer;

∫ Light bulbs with mercury, including 4-foot, 8-foot, U-bend, circular or incandescent compact fluorescents;

∫ Batteries, including those containing lead acid, lithium, NiCad, alkaline and mercury;

∫ Automotive fluids, such as motor oil, antifreeze and transmission fluid;

∫ Propane cylinders (grill-sized and smaller), fire extinguishers and freon/helium cylinders;

∫ Mercury and mercury debris; and

∫ Asbestos.

“This is typically the things we don’t want to pour down our drains,” said Shepherd. “This collection is not for electronics. We can’t do TVs and tires — that’s a special collection in the spring and fall.”

Shepherd said the waste, if not in its original container, should be clearly labeled for the collectors. She said JB Green Team is using a company, Stericycle, to take the waste. That company then separates the wastes accordingly. Some of it can be recycled, while others must be incinerated.

“Batteries can be broken down and the metals can be used to make new batteries,” she said. “Propane tanks, if they’re not rusty, can be refilled. Paints and different types of sealers, some of them, are incinerate for energy. Some paints are refiltered into new paints.”

Items that will not be accepted include:

∫ Contractor, industry or school waste;

∫ PCBs, transformers and capacitors;

∫ Compressed gases (other than propane);

∫ Explosives/ammunition;

∫ Medical/infectious wastes;

∫ DEA controlled substances;

∫ Smoke detectors/radioactive waste; and

∫ Computers, televisions and tires.

Shepherd said people can dispose of latex paint at home, but the paint inside the can must be completely dry and hardened. If it is soft to the touch, it’s best to bring it to the collection.

She also said the best way to cut down on hazardous waste is to not purchase as much, or to use up what you have on hand, if possible.

The non-hazardous household community cleanups slated for this Fall include:

∫ Sept. 15 at the Wayne Township Garage near New Castle;

∫ Sept. 22 in Lafferty at the Union Township Garage;

∫ Oct. 6 at the Holloway Village Garage; and

∫ Oct. 13 at the Centerville Community Center in Smith Township.

The fall cleanups are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each location.