Heritage Thermal Collects Household Hazardous Waste

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – A long line of traffic waited along St. George Street outside Heritage Thermal Services much of Saturday morning as the company offered its household hazardous waste collection program for area residents.

Held in conjunction with annual CitySweep and Earth Day observances, the program provides an outlet for residents to dispose of items that normally cannot – or should not – be disposed of in traditional trash receptacles.

Household cleaners, chemicals, paints, electronics and other items were brought for disposal in the company’s hazardous waste incinerator. 

Residents experienced longer than normal waits in line, some as long as an hour, before reaching the disposal bins where Heritage Thermal employees unloaded their vehicles.

The large turn-out was not surprising to Raymond Wayne, public affairs specialist for Hermitage Thermal. The company expected more residents and a larger amount of items because the program had to be curtailed last year due to COVID-19, he said.

Wayne said people just held onto their items from last year and added them to what they had collected for this year. 

The program, started in 1997, has resulted in the disposal of 248 tons of hazardous household wastes that would have otherwise ended up down drains or in landfills, Wayne pointed out.

Saturday’s disposal total was not available as of this posting. 

Pictured at top: Heritage Thermal Services employees unload disposables from a vehicle as part of the company’s annual household hazardous waste collection.

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