Wapakoneta is the place to be Saturday morning for area residents spending time doing some spring cleaning or scavengers seeking unappreciated treasures.
The city’s annual Drop and Swap event and Auglaize County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day is this weekend at the Wapakoneta Public Works Building, 110 Harrison St.
“The most common item we get at the Household Hazardous Waste Day is paint,” Auglaize County Solid Waste District Coordinator Dave Reichelderfer said. “There is a charge of a $1 for each gallon can and 50 cents for any smaller container.
“You can also save some storage space and money by combining four and five partial cans of paint and bringing in only the full cans of paint because we don’t care what color the paint is,” he said. “The only rule to this is the latex and oil-based paints cannot be combined. They must be kept in separate containers.”
He explained many people bring in cans of paint to be disposed of that already has become hard and dried up and “they don’t really need to bring those cans in, they can just throw those into the trash.”
Reichelderfer offered another option for disposing of paint, which is to obtain a product from a local hardware, paint supply store or building supply center, which “sets up” or hardens latex paint so it can be disposed of in the refuse stream.
Other items the Hazardous Waste Day collection day accepts are appliances. Those appliances with freon will require a $15 charge be paid. Car tires and light truck tires can be disposed of at a cost of $2 per tire. Batteries also will be accepted.
Reichelderfer explained engine oil can be recycled throughout the year at the Recycling Center in Wapakoneta from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday and from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Cridersville center. Engine oil also can be recycled through the week from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Water Distribution Building on Wayne Street in St. Marys.
Mercury collection should soon be waning, Reichelderfer said, noting their earlier efforts should have depleted most of the mercury still used in the county. Mercury is still being collected.
“We still get some of that in and a little trickles in all the time,” Reichelderfer said. “Of course, the biggest push right now from legislators and the government is on the electronic end of it.
“Ohio has not done it yet, but some states have, of banning electronics from the landfills,” he said. “We take them every week at the drop-off sites that are manned so there still is a pretty easy way to get rid of those items.”
Electronics includes computers, cell phones, DVD, VCRs, answering machines and video recorders. They will not take televisions.
Reichelderfer said he believes the Drop and Swap event maintains its popularity with area residents because it provides them with an opportunity to glean themselves of items around the house.
“This allows them the chance to get rid of some items around the house, especially if they do not have enough items to have a garage sale or they don’t have the time it takes to organize and hold a garage sale,” Reichelderfer said. “They can bring them in and drop them off.
“It also is a good place for people who might need an item to pick one up,” he said. “I know this sounds odd but I have seen people load things up that have set there for a while that I thought would go right away and I’ve seen things I didn’t think anybody needed or wanted and they never hit the ground.”
For example, one time he saw some old windows dropped off and he wondered why they were even accepted, but before long a person came looking for the older styled poured glass to restore an antique home.
“That day he found the glass he needed to restore the windows and some hardware on the old wood frames he needed,” Reichelderfer said. “It always seems we have something that someone is looking for and it just proves that someone has the item and it is worth more to somebody else.”