Recycling bins not a ‘catch all’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Green Team is asking for the public’s help to make recycling a little cleaner in the area.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mahoning County Solid Waste District, officials talked about contamination at county recycling drop off locations.

Residents are putting items that the county can’t recycle in the bins. Items that are permitted are food and beverage containers, cardboard, and newspaper.

“If you can buy it in your grocery store, it is acceptable. What we don’t want are things like porcelain toilets,” said Louie Vega, Mahoning County Green Team. “We don’t want children’s kiddy pools. We don’t want plastic playgrounds.

The Green Team is offering two recycling events Saturday, May 17. A tire collection will be held at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown and a household hazardous waste collection will be held at the Canfield Fairgrounds.

Tires can be dropped off at the Covelli Centre between 9 a.m and 3 p.m.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Canfield Fairgrounds runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The collection hours listed below are designated by last name:

  • A-F 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • G-N 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • O-Z 1 p.m to 3 p.m.

The following household items will be accepted:

Thinners, automotive fluids, pool chemicals, bleach, antifreeze, used motor oil, solvents, poisons, aerosol cans, propane cylinders, photo chemicals, stains, lighter fluid, adhesive/glue wood preservatives, greases, roof coatings, car batteries, household cleaners, pesticides, varnish, gasoline, oil based & spray paint (5 gallon limit), insecticides, herbicides, cylinder fluorescent bulbs, acids. Latex paint will not be accepted. Dispose of latex paint by hardening with sand or kitty litter and placing with regular household waste.

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