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 Downtown Cleanup

The Fifth Annual Great Downtown Cleanup is set for Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. You can register now by calling 521-2025 or download a registration form at this link.

On the day of the event, volunteers should check in at the Heritage Center, where they will be given their assigned area. Panera Bread has generously agreed to provide coffee and bagels. A celebration lunch is also planned at the end of the cleanup, beginning about 11:30 a.m. Please register for the cleanup by May 5 so that we may plan appropriately for the lunch.

In 2013, the Downtown Cleanup attacted 92 volunteers, who picked up 180 bags of litter and debris, as well as laying mulch, planting flowers, and generally sprucing up 30 blocks in downtown Springfield. The Center City Association is a co-sponsor of the cleanup.

Cleanup Trailer available

The Community Cleanup Trailer is now available for groups of five or more volunteers to use for beauti- fication projects.

The trailer is equipped with lawn mowers, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, and other landscaping tools to help groups that want to clean up empty lots or beautify public areas in their neighborhood. The trailer is available on first-come, first-served basis.

A $25 deposit is required to use the trailer. The deposit is refunded when the trailer is returned, all equipment is accounted for, and the Cleanup Report Form is turned in.

For more information or for the necessary forms, go to the Cleanup Trailer page or call Steve Schlather at 937-521-2022.

HHW collection on April 5

The Clark County Solid Waste District will collect household hazardous wastes for $1 a pound on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Residents must call in advance for an appointment to bring their hazardous waste to the Recycling Center. Only 30 appointments will be accepted for this collection. Call 937-521-2022 to make an appointment.

This is part of a pilot program that replaces the once a year free collection that has been conducted for several years. The dates for subsequent HHW collections will be June 7, August 2, and October 4.

To see what materials will be accepted and for other information, click here. For a guide to what can be safey poured down the drain and what can be put in regular household trash, go to this page.

Cleanup taking registrations

Registration has begun for the 2014 Great American Cleanup, which runs from March 1 through May 31. Keep Clark County Beautiful will supply gloves and trash bags for volunteers to pick up litter or beautify any public place in Clark County.

Registration forms are available at the Solid Waste District or by contacting Carly Woodrow at 521-2025 or at cwoodrow@clarkcountyohio.gov.  Registration forms also can be downloaded here.

In 2013, 1,636 volunteers picked up over 2,000 bags of litter from 89 places in Clark County, including parks, playgrounds, school grounds, roadsides and water- ways.

Price increase for paint

The price for recycling latex paint at the Clark County Recycling Center has increased to 30¢ a pound. Higher costs to have paint recycled are forcing us to raise the price.

Residents can safely dispose of paint in their household trash, if the paint is completely dried.

Paint is accepted, along with other materials, during Specialty Recycling, on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month, 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information about what is accepted and the fees for Specialty Recycling, click the icon at the top right.

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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Only cash accepted

Beginning Oct. 1, the Recycling Center will accept only cash in payment for Specialty Recycling fees or purchase of compost bins.

The Recycling Center will no longer be able to accept checks and has a longstanding policy of not taking credit or debit cards.

If you have questions about this policy, please call us at 521-2020.

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 now 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 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 grocery bag full 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.


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