Outdoor briefs, Sept. 2

OSS collecting household hazardous waste Saturday

Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection Saturday for residents of its three counties, including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue.

People with last names starting with A-M are asked to drop off items 9-10:30 a.m. and last names N-Z 10:30 a.m.-noon. Seneca County’s drop-off spot is at the fairgrounds, south lot, off CR 594.

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

Do not remove labels from containers so the contractor can easily identify the material. Do not combine chemicals together. It can cause a dangerous chemical reaction.

Paint and related products will be accepted, including latex and oil-based paint, sealers, primers, coatings and spray-paint aerosol cans; as will household pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides; varnish, polyurethane and shellacs, wood stains, primers and strippers, paint thinner, turpentine, kerosene and lighter fluid; household cleaners such as 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; and mercury — liquids, thermostats and thermometers.

Paint or a household hazardous waste container that is 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 will be accepted.

Materials from businesses or institutions will not be accepted.

As a part of this collection, residents may exchange mercury fever thermometers for new digital thermometers while the district’s supply lasts. Mercury thermometers should be placed in a double Ziploc plastic bag. Mercury is a danger in a household if a thermometer breaks because mercury vaporizes at room temperature. Breathing the vapor can damage the brain, liver and kidneys. In case of a home mercury spill, contact a local fire department for information.

For general recycling information, recycling collections and events, visit www.recycleoss.org or find Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene on Facebook. On Twitter, search for OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen.

For more information call (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224.

OSS announces recycled materials grant recipients

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, Jackson Township, New Riegel Schools and Tiffin University were among 12 recipients of Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District’s competitive funding grant program.

FELC received $4,062 for picnic tables and trail benches, Jackson Township trustees were awarded $1,699 for a sign and mulch in the cemetery, New Riegel Schools got $8,173 for aluminum bleachers and Tiffin University received $7,079 for outdoor furniture.

Funds are used to start recycling programs or to buy products made from a minimum of 25 percent recycled materials.

The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. After a recycling program is in place, organizations can apply to buy products.

For more information on the grant program or to view grant guidelines and application or for recycling information, view the OSS Solid Waste District’s website at www.recycleoss.org. Get connected with the district searching Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene on Facebook and OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen on Twitter.

Youth waterfowl, pheasant hunts planned in Oak Harbor

Waterfowl and pheasant hunts for youths ages 10-17 are planned for Oct. 6-7 at Oak Harbor Conservation Club’s DARR Wetlands, 12055 N. Toussaint Road.

Registration is required. No walk-ins.

For more information or to register, call (567) 278-1551 or email orpa@bright.net.

Training under way for 11 wildlife officer cadets

COLUMBUS — The 29th Ohio Wildlife Officer Cadet Training Academy is under way for 11 cadets hired from a pool of more than 550 applicants. The cadets are to complete more than six months of training before becoming state wildlife officers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

State wildlife officers have statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways and property. As state law enforcement officers, they contribute to public safety in their local areas and in Ohio’s vast outdoors. Each year, Ohio’s state wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; perform fish and wildlife surveys; and provide technical advice and instruction about hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related recreation. ¬†

Cadets, who require state law enforcement certification, complete about 23 weeks of Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training and then receive an additional eight weeks of specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. Training includes law enforcement procedures and agency policies, wildlife and fisheries management, communications, ATV operations, hunter safety and advanced firearms and self-defense topics. The cadets will graduate in March 2019.