Clark County, Ohio, Solid Waste District
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Draft Plan Update available

for public review, comment

Solid waste districts are required to update their Solid Waste Plan every five years. Clark County Solid Waste District has prepared a draft update, which now is available for public review.

You can read the full draft update at this link. A paper copy of the draft is available at the District office, 1602 West Main St., during business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Public comments will be accepted until Sept. 5, 2018. A public hearing on the draft plan will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2018, in the board room of the Clark County Health District, 529 East Home Rd. The district's Solid Waste Policy Committee will meet after the public hearing to make changes and/or vote on adopting the draft plan.

Once the Policy Committee adopts the draft plan, it will be presented to the Clark County Commissioners, and the governing bodies of all townships and cities in Clark County. To be enacted, the plan must be ratified by governing bodies representing at least 75 percent of the county's population, and must be approved by the County Commissioners and the Springfield City Commission.

For questions about the plan or the public comment process, call 521-2020.

Win a beautiful rain barrel!

Decorated Rain BarrelKeep Clark County Beautiful is raffling off a rain barrel that was painted with an environmental theme. Students from Emmanuel Christian Academy won a design contest and painted their design onto the barrel.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased at the Solid Waste District office. Plus, raffle tickets will be sold at two upcoming events:  Live at Lunch on the National Commons on August 17 and August 25 at the Monarch Festival in the Buck Creek Nature Park.

The drawing will be held at the end of the Monarch Festival. You need not be present to win.

Hundreds helped cleanup

The final reports are in for the Great American Cleanup 2018, We had a total of 1,280 volunteers who gave 1,850 hours of their time to pick up 630 bags of litter in 125 public places.

Almost 600 more volunteers registered for the cleanup, but didn't return survey, so we can't be sure they did their cleanups. If you participate next year, be sure to turn in your survey to report your group's work.

Thanks to everyone who participated in helping to keep Clark County beautiful. We also thank our major sponsors: Rumpke, Keep Ohio Beautiful, and the Ohio EPA Recycle Ohio grant program.

New office hours

The Clark County Solid Waste District office, 1602 West Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour closure from noon to 1 p.m.

No change is being made to the drop-off hours, which will still be available on the parking lot every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Specialty Recycling also will not change, still being offered every Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the first Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

If you have questions, call 521-2020.

New drop-off station

A new drop-off recycling stations has opened at the intersection of Old Columbus Road and state Route 54 in Pleasant Township. The station is on an open parking lot and its always available.

Our free, self-service stations provide bins for recycling of paper, plastic, metal, glass and cardboard. For locations of our other four stations and details about what we accept and how to prepare items, go to our Recycle page.

Cleanup Trailer is ready

The Community Cleanup Trailer is available for groups of at least 5 adult volunteers to use for a neighborhood beautificaiton project.

Our staff will deliver the trailer to, and pick up from, your site. A group can keep the trailer, which is stocked with landscaping tools, for three days.

Reservations for the trailer are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Steve at 521-2022.

Full details are on the Cleanup Trailer Page.

Cooking oil recycling

Not sure how to responsibly dispose of the cooking oil you used to fry some meat or potatoes? The Clark County Recycling Center now accepts cooking oil at no charge.

This service is available to Clark County residents (no businesses, farms, schools, or government agencies) during normal office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Meat and other food pieces should be strained out of the used oil. Only cooking oil and associated greases are accepted. Other kinds of oil are taken as household hazardous waste, for $1.00 a pound on Thursdays during Specialty Recycling.

Cooking oil should never be poured down the drain, as it will congeal and clog pipes. Normally, residents are advised to put used oil in containers and dispose of it in the trash. Being able to recycle the oil keeps a usable material out of pipes and landfills.

G.A. Wintzer and Son Co., based in Wapakoneta, will take the cooking oil and use it in making animal feeds.

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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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 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 a.m. to 5 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 full grocery bag 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.

Resources

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