Summit County’s facility for recycling household hazardous waste will be open on Thursdays from June through September.
The new hours will be 2 to 8 p.m.
That announcement came Tuesday after the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority approved a two-year agreement with Veolia ES Technical Solutions LLC to operate the center at state Route 8 and Graham Road in Stow.
Previously, the center was open on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.
In 2012, the center operated from July 1 through Sept. 30 because of the authority’s financial problems.
In 2012, the center handled 160,438 pounds of household hazardous waste from 3,105 vehicles. Volume fell 70 percent from the 534,334 pounds collected in 2011, but that drop largely was because the center no longer accepts water-based latex paints.
The Illinois company will be paid about $104,897 to operate the facility in 2013.
That total may change, depending on the volume of waste dropped off at the center to be recycled by the public.
But it expected that the 2013 price tag will be significantly lower than 2012 when the center was open two days a week, said authority director Yolanda Walker and Veolia spokesman Scott Brown.
Most people using the center typically showed up from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and before 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and the new Thursday hours should be able to serve the public, Walker said.
Five companies submitted proposals to operate the facility at 1201 Graham Road that opened in 1996.
The authority in 2012 spent $231,375 to operate the center.
In other action, the board adopted a new authority logo and slogan: ReWorks, Lead, Teach, Act — Target Zero.
Last month, the authority adopted the ReWorks name as a new brand or identity for the agency. It will be used in marketing and public purposes.
Officially, the agency that oversees recycling and waste disposal in Summit County will remain the authority.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or email@example.com.