Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hazardous waste left by Ohio Earth Day event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A weekend Earth Day event at an Ohio park left behind scores of paint cans, jars of cleaning solvents and other containers of household hazardous waste.

Promoters of Sunday's festival in Columbus had invited residents to clean out their basements and bring items for recycling and disposal. The organizers took care of hauling away old computers, furniture and other junk and thought the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio had agreed to come pick up the liquids and other hazardous materials.

But the trash agency says it was never contacted.

Its waste drop-off center is usually open only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but it opened Monday under a special arrangement with the festival organizers, so they could bring the paints and other stuff.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,