Has spring cleaning left you with a bunch of stuff you’re not sure how to get rid of? For example, what should you do with outdated electronics and small appliances? Or, where should you dispose of leftover cleaning products? What about old scrap tires or used oil paint?
It may come as a surprise that some things are more difficult to recycle than others. And some things require special handling for proper disposal. That’s why the Logan County Solid Waste District operates the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHARM) every season. This year, CHARM opens to the public on Wednesday, April 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1100 S. Detroit St. in Bellefontaine.
Residents can easily and safely dispose of their household hazardous waste, batteries, scrap tires, used paints and oils along with mercury devices. Simply drive through to the under-cover facility and volunteers will unload your vehicle and weigh your items for disposal. Fees are charged for some items. “We only charge fees for items that we have to pay to dispose of and we charge residents a much lower rate than we pay, so in essence we subsidize the program,” says District coordinator Angel Payne.
The seasonal program runs through fall – rain or shine — on the following dates for the first half of the season:
Wednesday, April 18th – 4pm -7pm (Opening for the Season)
Saturday, May 5th – 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday, May 16th – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 2nd – 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday, June 20th – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
“Many people ask why we’re only open during the nice weather. The reason the CHARM service is seasonal is because it is an outdoor facility,” Payne adds. CHARM is staffed by community volunteers and volunteers from the Logan County Hazmat team.
More details about fees and what items are accepted are available here.