Source: Geauga-Trumbull Waste Management
The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District is responsible for implementing a solid waste plan designed to achieve goals determined by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for waste reduction, recycling, and reducing reliance on landfills.
New to Geauga County by November 2019, a year-round household hazardous waste (HHW) facility which will be located on Merritt Road in Chardon. It will be similar to the one located in Trumbull County. Geauga County one day HHW collection date, time and location is to be determined. Until that facility is operational, Geauga residents are asked to continue to use the facility on 5138 Enterprise Blvd. in Warren.
The Warren HHW electronics and appliance drop-off facility is open from May through October on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for appliances and electronics from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays for household hazardous waste, appliances and electronics, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are open on select Saturdays: June 1, Aug. 3, and Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Appliances, carpet, medical sharps, furniture, etc. are NOT accepted in community single stream recycling curbside and drop-off programs. See the www.gottagogreen.org website for details on how to handle unacceptable materials.
Geauga-Trumbull is notifying everyone that Freon refrigerant is in the process of being phased out and will eventually be prohibited entirely because of its ozone depleting properties. The EPA began actively phasing out R22 Freon in 2010. In 2030, the EPA will destroy any remaining R22 to complete the transition. From there, this refrigerant will be completely banned.
The phasing out of R22 affects consumers of all types. Many appliances and equipment in homes, businesses and industrial worksites use HCFC. It is common in HVAC units, refrigerators and freezers, dehumidifiers, window-mounted air conditioners, air conditioning systems in cars and trucks, and air-to-air and ground-source heat pumps. R22 is also used in less common equipment, such as refrigerated trucks, cold-storage warehouses, commercial and ice machines.
People who use equipment or appliances that operate on large amounts of R22 are required to repair any coolant leaks within a certain time frame and, in some cases must install leak detectors. Consumers can also expect prices of R22 to rise because of the rules of supply and demand. As less R22 is produced, it will become more expensive until more consumers replace their appliances and equipment, a task that will be mandatory over the next few years.
Replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR-certified ones will be the way to go in any future purchases. Residential customers of Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison can now take advantage of rebates on the purchase of ENERGY STAR-certified appliances. Visit a store near you to look for qualifying appliances that have earned the ENERGY STAR label and apply for your rebates.