Hazardous waste collection scheduled for tri-county region

Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 14.

Only residents of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties, including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue, may drop off items. People with last names starting with A-M are asked to drop off items 9-10:30 a.m. and last names that start with N-Z 10:30 a.m.-noon.

In Seneca County, the collection takes place at the Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Ave.

Items are collected in Ottawa County at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Oak Harbor, and in Sandusky County at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds north parking lot, 712 North St., Fremont.

Residents are asked not to smoke and to stay in their vehicles while they are being unloaded at the collection.

Materials to be accepted in containers no larger than 5 gallons are latex and oil-based paint, sealers, primers, coatings and spray paint aerosol cans; household pesticides (bug and rodent killers), herbicides (weed killers), insecticides (bug killers) and fungicides (mold killers); varnish, polyurethane and shellacs, wood stains, primers and strippers, paint thinner, turpentine, kerosene and lighter fluid; household cleaners (oven and drain cleaner and muriatic acid); hand-held propane cylinders; household batteries, fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs; cooking oil; automotive fluids including antifreeze and motor oil; mercury solids, liquids and thermostats.

Paint or household hazardous waste containers that are dry and empty can be disposed of in the regular trash if the lid is removed.

No construction materials such as shingles or asbestos materials are to be collected.

Materials from businesses or institutions will not be accepted.

As a part of this collection, residents may exchange mercury fever thermometers for a digital thermometer while supplies last. Mercury thermometers should be placed in a double Ziploc plastic bag.

For more information, call (419) 334-7222.