GALLIPOLIS — In the past two years, residents in Gallia County have recycled 2,871 fluorescent light bulbs, 297 televisions, 8.5 tons of electronics, more than 813 pounds of batteries, 252 tons of trash, 4,100 tires and 876.5 pounds of miscellaneous hazardous materials during Gallia County’s annual recycle day.
This year, officials with the Gallia Soil and Water Conservation District are encouraging residents to, again, bring their recyclable materials to the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds to help clean up the county and keep possible hazardous materials out of the landfill.
The third Gallia County Recycle Day will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the fairgrounds on Jackson Pike and is being hosted by the SWCD.
A statement released this week by the employees of SWCD and their district administrator, Nick Mills, reports that recycle day remains an important annual event for the SWCD as a means to help keep Gallia County clean and promote recycling throughout the year.
“Our board members felt the need to keep our environment clean, which in turn helps our natural resources, reduces the severity of flooding, reduces unnecessary items in the landfill, and lessens pollutants entering our waterways and ground,” the statement reads. “By recycling tires, plastic aluminum, glass, newspapers, documents, electronics, TVs, fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, this keeps those items that can be reused from going into the dump, creating a huge overload. It also keeps hazardous pollutants out of our environment, such as the mercury in light bulbs that can kill fish and is harmful to humans, or battery acid that can leak into our ground or water.”
During recycle day at the fairgrounds, Gallia SWCD will be taking 4- to 8-foot fluorescent light tubes; rechargeable batteries from drills, cell phones, alkaline batteries, button cell, ni-cad, lithium and lithium ion batteries; and electronic items (TVs, microwaves, computers, keyboard, monitors, servers, mice, speakers, printers, faxes, cameras, camcorders, cell phones, video game systems, DVD players, CD media, floppy disks, phone equipment, VHS players, etc.). Document shredding will also be available on site. Documents with paper clips, staples and spiral bound notebooks will be accepted. No metal binders or documents with large metal paper clips will be accepted.
This event is for Gallia County residents only, so attendees are advised to have their driver’s license or a utility bill ready to be presented at the entrance.
According to Mills, the SWCD had applied for a Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation grant, receiving this funding in 2012 — the year of they hosted their first recycle day — and have continued this event as a way of promoting recycling among the county’s residents.
“We really appreciate all the residents who so diligently recycle already, and we would like to say keep up the good work,” Mills said. “We ask that those who haven’t thought about recycling to at least consider it, and we hope you join the group of recyclers this year. It is free to recycle, it just takes a few extra minutes to take items to the drop off sites.”
In Gallia County, according to the SWCD, recycle drop off sites through the GJMV Solid Waste Management District are located at the Silver Bridge Plaza on Upper River Road; Walmart Supercenter, 2145 Eastern Ave.; Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds, 189 Jackson Pike; Village of Rio Grande, Fire Department, 46 E. Lewis Ave., Rio Grande; Save-a-Lot, 9036 Ohio 160, Bidwell; Village of Vinton, Fire Department, 109 Clay Street, Vinton; Village of Cheshire, City Hall, 19 Ohio 554, Cheshire; Walnut Township Garage, 15733 Ohio 141, Patriot; Gallia County Senior Center, 1167 Ohio 160; Guyan Township Garage, 1000 Station Street, Mercerville.
For more information on recycling drop off sites, call the GJMV SWM District at (740) 384-2164.
In addition, the staff at the SWCD also reported that, in conjunction with recycle day this year, the Gallia County Health Department will also be collecting tires from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at their facility at 499 Jackson Pike, and the Gallia County Landfill will be conducting their free trash disposal day from 7:30 a.m.-noon at at 497 Roush Hollow Road, Bidwell.
For more information on tire collection day at the health department, call (740) 441-2944. For more information on the free disposal day at the landfill, call (740) 388-9740.
For more information on recycle day or the Gallia SWCD on its many programs, contact the office at (740) 446-6173.