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  Workshop for educators

The Clark County Solid Waste District and the Clark County Park District are offering a free workshop on teaching about water issues on Wednesday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Davidson Interpretive Center.

The workshop will cover activities for teaching about water runoff, wetlands, the water cycle, watersheds and more. The activities are taken from two curriculum guides: "Healthy Water Healthy People" and "WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands." All participants will receive copies of both books.

A lunch will be provided free of charge. An Ohio Environmental Education Workshop will pay for any sub fees for classroom teachers.

The workshop is open to anyone teaching about environmental issues, either in the classroom or to the general public. For more information and a registration form, go to our "Schools" page or call Steve Schlather at (937) 521-2022.

Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup is March 1 to May 31. Individuals and groups can volunteer to pick up litter and/or beautify any public place in Clark County. We will provide trash bags, gloves, a token prize, and disposal of trash, if needed.

Anyone interested can download a registration form at this link or fill out an online form here. For more information or a paper form, contact Linda Mitchell at 521-2023 or lmitchell@clarkcountyohio.gov.

In 2016, 1,200 people participated in the Great American Cleanup in Clark County. They picked up 522 bags of litter from more than 100 public places. Join them this year and help to keep Clark County clean and beautiful.

Downtown Cleanup

The Downtown Cleanup will be Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should check in at the Springfield Family YMCA, 300 S. Limestone St. Use the north side door and park in the Clark State lot by that door.

Online registration is available at this link or download a form here. For more information, contact Linda Mitchell at 521-2023 or lmitchell@clarkcountyohio.gov.

Cooking oil recycling

Not sure how to responsibly dispose of the cooking oil you used to fry some meat or potatoes? The Clark County Recycling Center now accepts cooking oil at no charge.

This service is available to Clark County residents (no businesses, farms, schools, or government agencies) during normal office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Meat and other food pieces should be strained out of the used oil. Only cooking oil and associated greases are accepted. Other kinds of oil are taken as household hazardous waste, for $1.00 a pound on Thursdays during Specialty Recycling.

Cooking oil should never be poured down the drain, as it will congeal and clog pipes. Normally, residents are advised to put used oil in containers and dispose of it in the trash. Being able to recycle the oil keeps a usable material out of pipes and landfills.

G.A. Wintzer and Son Co., based in Wapakoneta, will take the cooking oil and use it in making animal feeds.

Electronic newsletter

The Clark County Solid Waste District and Keep Clark County Beautiful send an electronic newsletter of events and reminders to any interested parties.

The newsletter comes out once a month by email only. Your email address is only used for this newsletter and will never be sold or given to any other party.

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Solid Waste Transfer Station

The Clark County Solid Waste District has commis- sioned a study on the feasibility of having a solid waste transfer station in the county.

A transfer station would accept all solid waste in Clark County to be loaded into long-haul vehicles for transport to landfills. The solid waste is transferred each day, so no waste stays overnight at the station. At present, all Clark County waste is taken 26 to 34 miles to landfills or transfer stations out of county.

You can read the full report at this link. In addition, we are soliciting public input through a short survey here.

The District's solid waste plan calls for studying whether a transfer station makes sense for this community. No decision has been made. If the District does decide to proceed, several steps will be required, with the opportunity for public comment.

What's the deal with plastics?

Many people ask why only certain plastics are accepted for recycling or exactly what is a No. 1 or a No. 2. Get the answers to these questions in a one-page Guide to Plastics Recycling.

Center takes batteries

Household dry cell batteries (AAA, D, etc.) can be dropped off free of charge at the Clark County Recycling Center, 1602 W. Main St. in Springfield, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These batteries will be recycled with other electronics.

There is no charge to residents, but we do ask that you bring in no more than one full grocery bag at a time. Please turn batteries in at the office, not in the drop-off bins on the lot. Handle your batteries responsibly by recycling.

Rechargeable batteries also can be recycled at our West Main Street office.

Drug Take-Back Boxes

Area law enforcement agencies are offering three locations for residents to drop off expired or unneeded medications. For details, go to News and Events.

Trim Your Waste - for residents

Learn how to achieve a 50% reduction in waste going to the landfill by reducing and reusing your waste and recycling what’s left. You’ll also find information on managing hazardous waste and composting.

Buy Recycled

Learn how to close the recycling loop by buying products made partly or entirely from recycled materials.

School Support

Information for educators, including waste reduction grants.

Business Support

We may be able to help your business reduce and recycle and even save on disposal cost.

Keep Clark County Beautiful

The mission of this Keep America Beautiful organization is to engage Clark County Residents to take pride, ownership, and responsibility for enhancing their community's environment. Get involved.

Resources

This section includes local disposal facility options and other useful links.