WARREN – There are things that don’t belong in landfills, according to Jennifer Jones, director of the Geauga-Trumbull solid waste management district.
“A lot of people don’t realize that electronics and home appliances contain elements – chemicals – which, if buried in the ground in a regular landfill, can cause problems years down the road. “ Jones said. “Like an old-fashioned CRT TV, big tube TVs, they’re full of lead. Should lead be landfilled? No, it shouldn’t.
This is why the Waste Management District accepts these televisions at its Trumbull collection facility at 5138 Enterprise Drive in Warren.
“We make sure they go somewhere where the lead is removed and is recycled and reused properly, and all of the items inside the TV itself, as much as they can be recycled, are recycled,” Jones said.
The facility also accepts other electronic devices, such as desktops, laptops, monitors, keyboards, printers, tablets and e-readers, cables, cell phones and video game systems from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
“Freon”– rotating devices such as dehumidifiers, freezers, air conditioners and refrigerators are also accepted. Freon is a brand name used to refer to several different refrigerants, which deplete the ozone layer when they reach the stratosphere.
In 2019, more than 4,600 residents of Trumbull and Geauga counties brought devices containing Freon to the collection center for safe recycling, according to the Waste Management District website.
In addition, appliances that are largely metal, such as washing machines, dryers, water heaters, microwaves, ovens, stoves and furnaces are accepted at the Trumbull collection facility. .
From Wednesday through October, the facility also accepts household hazardous waste, including used gasoline and oil, pesticides, oil-based paints and household cleaning products.
The Waste Management District contracts with Clean Earth, an environmental waste disposal company.
“They will take (hazardous waste) to their facility in Akron or to one of their facilities in Detroit for further processing and recycling of the material,” Andrew Thomas, operations coordinator at the Geauga-Trumbull solid waste management district, said.
Clean Earth recycled 283,000 tonnes of hazardous waste in 2020, according to its website.
Thomas said many of the materials accepted at the Trumbull collection facility are not permitted to be placed in landfills in Ohio.
“A lot of these materials contain, for example, mercury, so obviously you can’t throw them in a landfill. So we are creating this point of sale so that people can dispose of these materials responsibly ”, Thomas said.
While there are articles that the Waste Management District does not accept, it does have suggestions on what to do with these things. Plastic grocery bags, for example, can often be recycled in collection bins at local retailers such as Giant Eagle, Lowe’s, Marc’s, Target or Walmart.
Clothing can be donated via collection bins or to local charities, and scrap metal can be taken to scrap dealers.
Some items, like styrofoam, broken ceramic, and disposable cups, cannot be recycled, according to the Waste Management website.
Still, it’s important to recycle what you can.
“Ohio has a lot of landfill space. We have a lot in this area. But it’s not endless, so we try to keep things we can keep out of landfills to preserve that space for as long as we can. And above all we keep things that could cause environmental problems on the road ”, Jones said. “We want to be able to drink our groundwater in 100 years. “