Not sure how to responsibly dispose of the five gallons of cooking oil you will use to deep fry that Thanksgiving turkey? 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.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw away an estimated 1 million additional tons of garbage each week.
A few simple practices can prevent this form of holiday gorging: Reusable gift bags can replace wrapping paper. Make gifts of reusable coffee cups or water bottles that eliminate the need for disposables. Try giving people experiences, such as tickets to sporting or performing arts events, instead of material goods.
For more hints about making less waste during the holidays, check out this brochure.
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.
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.
The Solid Waste District has launched an awareness campaign to boost participation in curbside recycling, the most efficient and convenient method of recycling. Communities that have access to curbside recycling for all households see large increases in the percentage of people who recycle and in the amount of material being recycled.
For those who use the drop-off recycling stations, that's still a good way to recycle. A better way is to subscribe to curbside recycling through your trash hauler. The best way is for a community to contract with a hauler to provide trash service and curbside recycling for all residents.
To learn more about the campaign and the benefits of curbside recycling, please check out the web site, http://take2curb.org/.
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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.
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.
Area law enforcement agencies are offering three locations for residents to drop off expired or unneeded medications. For details, go to News and Events.
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.
Learn how to close the recycling loop by buying products made partly or entirely from recycled materials.
Information for educators, including waste reduction grants.
We may be able to help your business reduce and recycle and even save on disposal cost.
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.
This section includes local disposal facility options and other useful links.