Paint, oil and other hazardous material can be hard to get rid of safely and legally. Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, City of Zanesville and the County Commissioners sponsored the collection day to help with the disposal of the things we can't just throw away.
The collection day took place at the Ohio University-Zane State campus today from 10:00 a.m.. until 2:00 p.m.. The event is bi-annual and cars lined up for the chance to dispose of their waste properly. District coordinator Robert Rieter said that all the material will be disposed of, recycled, or repurposed correctly.
"There's a lot of materials neutralized but there's a lot of it recycled too, probably in the neighborhood of 15% of everything that's taken goes to a landfill or an incinerator probably 75 to 85 maybe as high as 90% is beneficially reused or recycled," said Rieter.
Rieter urged that the event was specifically for household disposal and was not open to businesses or schools. Disposing hazardous material improperly can be dangerous for yourself and others, and Rieter said this event will cut down on the improper disposal to benefit everyone.
"By keeping a lot of the chemicals and oils and heaven knows what out of that waste water system it actually makes the difference in the effluent that goes in the Muskingum river," said Rieter.