Akron hazardous waste recycling centers to commence
Summit County’s successful
household hazardous waste recycling center is being used as a
model for two similar ventures nearby, according to recent reports.
In South Akron, officials have
approved an entrepreneur’s plans to set up a facility to
collect hazardous waste from commercial sources.
How easy was it for Jeff White
to convince local officials to let him site a hazardous waste
“It’s like we were
trying to push an elephant up a greased hill,” White said
in a February 7, 2005, Akron Beacon Journal article.
But times change and now White
may soon be able to build not just one, but two new hazardous
waste recycling facilities in northeast Ohio.
According to the story by Beacon
Journal staff writer Bob Downing, two municipalities rejected
White’s plans. Then South Akron approved the idea and White
expects to be doing business under the name BizMat by the end
of Spring. Meanwhile, the City of Cleveland is considering siting
a second BizMat facility there.
Closely patterned after Summit
County’s successful household hazardous waste recycling
center in Stow, BizMat is designed to handle small amounts of
hazardous material from small generators such as cleaning materials,
paints, stains and shellacs, machine and motor oils, fertilizers,
pesticides, computers, some batteries and fluorescent bulbs. Under
its state permit, the facility is supposed to recycle at least
60 percent of incoming materials.
Supported with nearly $900,000
in grants from federal, state and local government and private
institutions, BizMat can charge companies far less than the current
going rate for the service. The idea is to help prevent environmental
problems by removing some of the economic incentive to improperly
dispose of hazardous waste.
Summit County’s model is
also being applied to a new household hazardous waste facility
being built outside Warren by the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste
There, officials with the Geauga-Trumbull
Solid Waste Management District were trying to dispel public concerns
about a household hazardous waste (HHW) recycling facility even
as the facility is being built, according to an article in the
February 21, 2005, issue of the Youngstown Vindicator.
Bob Villers, director of the
district, said their plans also are modeled after the Summit Count
In the article, he addressed
several questions that have been raised about the facility:
The facility will only take household
waste such as paints, pesticides, oils, antifreeze and cleaners
— not explosives, ammunition, medical waste or even microwaves
and TVs. It will not accept waste from commercial or industrial
generators. Nothing will be stored long-term on site. No material
will be shipped into the site by rail. The facility will only
accept waste from residents of Geauga and Trumbull counties.
The facility on U.S. 422 should
be open for operations in July. Villers plans to move his staff
from their existing space in the Trumbull County Board of Elections
building in Warren to the new facility. The new facility will
be handicapped accessible and have large resource rooms for seminars,
professional training and other educational programs. While waste
materials will be handled in a restricted part of the facility,
an observation room will be built so visitors can see how the
The facility is modeled after
a successful HHW recycling center in nearby Summit County, where
officials are also exploring a plan to set up a similar facility
to collect small amounts of hazardous waste from qualifying commercial
and industrial customers.