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Join the 2019 Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup is the nation’s largest beautification program, involving millions of volunteers nationally and hundreds annually in Clark County.

The 2018 Great American Cleanup had 1,280 participants in Clark County. Those volunteers gave over 1,850 hours of their time and picked up 630 bags of litter from 125 public spaces throughout the county.

Join us to make 2019 an even better year to keep Clark County clean and beautiful!

We’re seeking volunteers to clean up litter and spruce up Clark County from March 1 through May 31. We provide the volunteers with gloves, trash bags, and disposal of trash as well as a small token for each participant and a chance to win great prizes donated by local business. To register for this event, call (937) 521-2021, e-mail lmitchell@clarkcountyohio.gov or download a registration form here. You can also register using our online form here.

The annual downtown cleanup will be held on May 3 in conjunction with Clark County Service Day. Our cleanup will still take place in the downtown area and more information will be forthcoming.

Rain Barrel Art Contest

High school students are invited to submit designs for a decorated rain barrel for a contest sponsored by Keep Clark County Beautiful. The winning class or club will paint its design on a rain barrel and receive a pizza party and $200 in art supplies for the class. The decorated rain barrel will be auctioned off to raise funds for KCCB’s local beautification projects and to raise awareness about the value of rain barrels.

Designs should showcase themes of recycling and beautification and may incorporate the 200th anniversary of Clark County. Designs should be on an 11 x 17 paper, and are due by March 22.

The winner will be announced by April 3, and the winning club/class will then need to paint its design onto the rain barrel, which will be supplied by KCCB. The decorated rain barrel must be completed by May 10.

For more information, contact Bonnie Martens at 937-521-2025 or bmartens@clarkcountyohio.gov.

KCCB seeking youth representative

Keep Clark County Beautiful (KCCB) is seeking a youth representative to serve on its board of directors. Any Clark County high school student with at least a 3.0 GPA is eligible to apply for this position. The youth representative would be a voting member of the board, with all rights and responsibilities. The youth representative’s term would be from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

KCCB is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. KAB focuses on litter prevention, waste reduction, and community beautification.

Candidates should submit the application and all required documents postmarked by April 13 to Sam Perin, Keep Clark County Beautiful, 1602 West Main St., Springfield, OH 45504. Email applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. April 13 to sperin@clarkcountyohio.gov. Applicants needing more information can send questions via email or call 937-521-2022. A copy of the application is available here.

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. For more information, click here.

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 beautification project from March 15 through Nov. 15.

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 Bonnie at 521-2020.

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, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

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.