Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Darke County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The Darke County Solid Waste Management District is pleased to bring to the residents of Darke County an opportunity to safely dispose of any household hazardous waste materials for FREE. A Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. To avoid congestion, those participants with the last name beginning with A-M should plan to report from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and those with the last name beginning with N-Z should report from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

Trained personnel and volunteers will be on hand to collect and package materials for safe transport and disposal at an approved disposal site. Individuals dropping off material must show their current drivers license or a current utility bill to prove they reside in Darke County. The event will be on a first come, first-served basis. Please, no business, school, agriculture or industrial wastes.

Materials that WILL be collected include acids, antifreeze, batteries, cleaning products such as polish, oven cleaner, drain opener, stain remover, used motor oil, transmission and brake fluid, household products labeled “Caution”, “Warning” or “Poison”, paint, pharmaceuticals (pills, liquids and powders), solvents, varnish, pool chemicals, lawn and garden chemicals, cellular phones, mercury, small propane tanks, gasoline, kerosene, herbicides and pesticides. All materials should be brought in original containers, if possible, or other suitable container if the original is not available. Do not mix or consolidate products.

Also during this event, the district is encouraging residents to "Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries." Replacing home smoke detector batteries at annual time changes is a small and easy step that can mean the difference between life and death. During the HHW event, residents may bring spent 9-volt batteries to be exchanged for fresh batteries. There is a limit of 5 batteries per Darke County address.

Materials that WILL NOT be collected include telephones, computer components/parts, televisions or wooden consoles, agricultural chemicals, Dioxins, appliances, containers larger than five gallon, explosives, fireworks, large propane cylinders, and medical items, radioactive materials, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, medical waste, infectious waste, tires with rims, explosives including ammunition, items with asbestos, construction and demolition debris and scrap metal. Collection site personnel will have the right to refuse material not considered appropriate for this event.

This collection day was made possible by the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee, the Darke County Commissioners, and the Darke County Solid Waste District in cooperation with the Darke County Homeland Security Office/EMA/LEPC. For more information, contact the Solid Waste District at (937) 547-0827 or e-mail Information on current and future events is available at the district website:

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