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County Residents Clean Up and Clean Out

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Truck full of tires

County residents certainly know how to recycle. At the September 28 recycling event in Spring Valley, they turned in tires, paper, green waste, and even old appliances for recycling. The day was also an opportunity to safely dispose of certain household hazardous wastes. County residents showed up with everything from old CRT computer monitors to batteries, and from used motor oil to anti-freeze. 

Here's a quick breakdown of what 556 vehicles brought in: 

Nearly 50,000 pounds of Hazardous waste: 

  • 3,500 lbs of e-waste
  • 3,200 lbs of CRTs
  • 420 lbs of batteries
  • 390 lbs of fluorescent light tubes
  • 50 lbs of fire extinguishers (8)
  • 309 lbs of propane
  • 4,500 lbs of motor oil
  • 500 lbs of antifreeze
  • 14,440 lbs of hazardous chemicals (aerosols, flammable liquids, oxidizers, mercury etc)
  • 280 lbs -  4 drums of sharps
  • 4000 lbs Acid filled (auto) batteries 
  • 6,400 lbs of paint related materials
  • 12,000 lbs of latex paint

And stuff to be recycled: 

  • 608 Tires
  • 70 cubic yards of metal and appliances
  • 30 cubic yards of green waste
  • An estimated 3 tons of paper

In addition local residents picked up 15 cubic yards of FREE mulch provided by EDCO

More recycling events are continually popping up across the county; notices will be posted on this site and on the DPW Facebook. page.