Oil-based paints, insecticides, pesticides and other toxic household wastes found in garages, basements and under sinks can be recycled again this year in Summit County.
The county’s Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center will reopen for the season Thursday. It will operate from 2 to 8 p.m. at 1201 Graham Road, just off state Route 8, in Stow.
The facility, operated by ReWorks, will be open Thursdays through Sept. 25, meaning it will be open 17 days in 2014.
“Many common household products contain the same chemicals found in hazardous industrial chemicals and can create similar environmental and health problems,” said Yolanda Walker, executive director at ReWorks.
“Don’t throw chemicals in the garbage or pour them down the sink or on the ground. You’ll be protecting your family’s health and preserving the environment if you bring them to the HHWRC to be recycled,” she said.
The center was open only on Thursdays last year for the first time.
In 2013, it took in nearly 196,000 pounds of waste. About 85 percent of the household wastes collected were recycled or turned into a fuel.
The waste is handled and recycled by Veolia Environmental Services.
An average of 230 vehicles per day visited the facility in 2013.
In previous years, the center was open three hours on Tuesday afternoons and three more on Wednesday evenings from July through September.
Operating the center will cost ReWorks, also known as the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority, about $120,000 in 2014, Walker said.
The facility is limited to residential waste from Summit County residents.
The center no longer accepts water-based [latex] paints. For information on how to dispose of latex paint, go to www.summitreworks.com.
No containers larger than 5 gallons will be accepted.
The Stow center no longer accepts computers, televisions, electronics, cellphones or toner cartridges because of the high cost of recycling those items.
The center does accept old tires from passenger cars and light trucks at a cost of $1 each. Tires can be on or off the rim. There is a limit of 10 tires per visit.
For more information and a list of acceptable items, call 330-374-0383 or go to www.summitreworks.com.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.