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The Green Team conducts at least one Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day annually. At these events, residents can dispose of oil-based paint (still in liquid form), pesticides, automotive fluids and batteries, and other types of household wastes not accepted at the curb or at drop-off sites. The cost of these one-day events is considerable, thus the District has to review annual revenues in order to determine if funds are available for two drives in a year.

Paints
Remember to purchase only as much paint as you need to complete a project. Unused oil-based paint may be recycled at The Green Team's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.

Latex paint is no longer accepted for collection. To dispose of unused latex paint, dry the paint using kitty litter or sand. Remove lids and place latex paint cans that are empty or contain dried paint in your trash.

If you do have paint that can be reused (minimum 1/3 full) you can also contact YSU re:CREATE at 330-941-2238.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs)

According to the EPA's Energy Star program, if every American switched out just one standard bulb or incandescent, to a CFL, it would lower annual energy costs more than 600 million dollars and prevent the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from 800,000 cars!

Recycling
When a CFL bulb finally doesn't work anymore, they can be taken either to Home Depot or Lowe's stores to be recycled.

Breakage
Here are U.S. EPA's guidelines for cleaning up a broken CFL:
  1. Open a window and leave the room (restrict access) for at least 15 minutes. If you have fans, place the fans in the windows and blow the air out of the room. Note: If the room has no windows, open all doors to the room and windows outside the room and use fans to move the air out of the room and to the open windows.
  2. Remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner.
    • Wear disposable rubber gloves, if available (do not use your bare hands).
    • Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard.
    • Wipe the area clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet wipe.
    • Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.
  3. Place all cleanup materials in a plastic bag and seal it, and then place in a second sealed plastic bag.
    • If no other disposal or recycling options are available, private residents may dispose of the CFL in residential garbage. Be sure to seal the CFL in two plastic bags and put into the outside trash.
    • Wash your hands after disposing of the bags.
  4. The first time you vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag once done cleaning the area (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag and/or vacuum debris, as well as the cleaning materials, in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.
Donating New CFL Bulbs
The following charitable entities will accept new CFL bulbs if someone is given the bulbs and doesn't want to use them or doesn't want to return them to the provider:
  • Sojourner House: 330-747-4040
  • Rescue Mission: 330-744-5485
  • Salvation Army: 330-746-8403
  • E.M. Memorial: 330-270-5422