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Making an effort to safely remove toxic and hazardous materials that can affect the health and safety of its residents is the reason West Central Solid Waste District began sponsoring Tox-Away Days in 1997.
In 2019, WCSWD’s one-day collection events removed 139,000 pounds of tires; 44,490 pounds of appliances; 39,727 pounds of electronics; 168 pounds of medications and sharps; and 73,701 pounds of other harmful wastes (such as pesticides, fuels, oil, oil-based paint/stains, fluorescent tubes, cleansers and chemicals) throughout Montgomery, Parke and Putnam counties.
“Improper disposal of these items can cause water, soil, and air contamination which can lead to illness in people and animals who rely on a healthy environment. Residents have grown to understand the importance of these collection events,” said WCSWD director Jane Collisi said, who estimates more than 7.1 million pounds of toxic and hazardous waste has been properly removed from the three-county district in the last 22 years. “Without these solid waste management services, toxic and non-recyclable materials would continue to stockpile.”
WCSWD contracts events through Heritage Environmental Services and NuGenesis to properly sort, recycle, and/or dispose of all items collected by haz-mat trained personnel.
Tox-Away Days will kick off again in May 2020 at Area 30 in Greencastle. Dates/locations and a printable flyer can be found on the WCSWD’s website at www.westcentralswd.com. Montgomery, Parke, and Putnam County residents are welcome to attend any and all events.