POMEROY — Meigs County is hosting a Meigs Cleanup Day.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds, located at 41850 Fairgrounds Road in Pomeroy and is open to Meigs County residents only. Proof of residency, including a driver’s license or utility bill, is required, and no industrial or commercial customers will be accepted.
Household items that will be accepted are furniture, toys, appliances, tools, box springs/mattresses and carpeting.
Tires may be brought, but are limited to 10 per vehicle. Passenger vehicle tires (16 inches or less) and semi tires are allowed, but no farm tractor tires will be accepted.
Reusable items still in good condition for donation will be accepted. These items include appliances, household goods and furnishings, arts and crafts, office furnishings, equipment and supplies, lumber and building materials, hardware, electrical and plumbing fixtures, steel/metal parts and fixtures, computers, electronics, stereos, audio and visual equipment, collectibles and antiques.
In particular, electronic waste that will be accepted includes computers, servers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, printers/faxes, copiers, scanners, UPS and battery back-up systems, any stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, cell phones, all palm equipment, video game systems and video games, DVD players and DVD media, CD media, floppy disks, any phone equipment, microwaves and toasters.
Items that will not be accepted are televisions, general household trash, appliance with refrigerant (you must attach proof that the refrigerant has been removed by a licensed technician), household hazardous waste, including chemicals, cleaners, pool chemicals, fluorescent lamps and ballasts, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer, medical, infectious or biohazard waste, batteries and liquids.
Steve Swatzel, director of environmental health at the Meigs County Health Department, said the event is an opportunity for people to dispose of recycled material that garbage companies won’t take, and that wind up on the side of the road in roadside dumps.
In particular, Swatzel said he hopes Meigs County residents will dispose of scrap tires, which can harbor mosquitoes.
“A lot of people take those home, and then they lay up and collect water, which can breed thousands of mosquitoes,” he explained.
The tires will be recycled by a company in the Columbus area. Swatzel also encouraged people to bring in appliances, old carpeting, old mattresses and furniture, as that’s what people usually like to bring — and it keeps items from cluttering the roadside.
“This is what we’re focusing on because this is what we’re finding along the roads,” he said.