EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – For the 19th consecutive year, the employees of Heritage Thermal Services (HTS) are commemorating Earth Day with a free collection of household hazardous wastes for residents of the East Liverpool area. The event will be held April 25 from 7 a.m. to noon at the facility, which is located in the city’s East End.
At today’s news conference in East Liverpool City Hall, HTS Chemist Maria Kinsey said, “Once again, the event is free, but we are starting one hour earlier this year to accommodate the increased demand.”
Residents are invited to bring their household chemical products, old pharmaceuticals and e-scrap, which includes computers, televisions, light bulbs and batteries. Since the first collection in 1997, company employees have recycled or disposed of more than 142 tons of household chemicals and old electronics that otherwise would have been tossed in the trash or dumped into the local water supply, Kinsey said.
Members of the company’s Relay for Life Team will accept old cell phones to recycle or refurbish. Proceeds from the old phones help fund the fight against cancer. And the Ohio River Valley/East Liverpool City Hospital will be on hand to replace old mercury thermometers with new digital ones.
Wallover Oil will be onsite to collect old automotive fluids for recycling. A long-time participant in the event, the company collects as much as 250 gallons of oil and other fluids each year.
During the collection, employees will distribute more than $6,000 in grants to deserving schools and civic groups. Since the grant program began in 1998, more than one hundred local organizations have received more than $67,000 to fund worthy environmental projects in the community.
The household hazardous waste roundup is part of citySweep, East Liverpool’s spring-cleanup event. In addition to HTS and the City of East Liverpool, this year’s sponsors are: the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District, Wallover Oil Co., Tim Hortons, River Valley Health Partners, Grand Ford, Southern Columbiana County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Froggy 104.3 FM, Pickle 92.1, The Review, WTOV-TV9, East Liverpool Police Department, East Liverpool High School National Honor Society and Kent State University-East Liverpool Campus.
Also, save time the day of the collection by downloading and completing the household hazardous waste profile in advance. Fill it out and bring it with you on April 25.
Please download the citySweep 2015 flyer for more information.