MOUNT VERNON — One big trend we hear a lot about today is to “go green.” Efforts globally, nationally, statewide and locally are encouraging consumers to recycle and cut down on their disposable waste, all in an attempt to help save our environment and make the earth a better place to live. Numerous programs are ongoing in Knox County to assure we are up to date with a variety of recycling options.
All local recycling, litter prevention, education and special events are offered in conjunction with the Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow Solid Waste Management District for the provision of safe and sanitary solid waste management.
This is a three-part series on recycling options in Knox County.
“Most everything we do is sponsored by DKMM,” said Linda Montgomery, Knox County recycling coordinator. “They are funded by a ‘generation fee’ where they get a small percentage of all operating funds.”
An event that takes place once a year is the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Each county in the DKMM Solid Waste District conducts this event once each year, with the Knox County event planned for Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Knox County Fairgrounds. Items that will be accepted are flammables such as lighter fluids, adhesives, motor oils and propane cylinders; toxics such as bleach, ammonia, antifreeze, insect killers and rat poison; corrosives including pool chemicals, car batteries and drain cleaners; electronics such as cell phones, computers and printers; and car and truck tires. Items that will not be accepted include oil-based or latex paint, explosives, smoke detectors, asbestos and appliances. There will be a fee for tire disposal.
Another county-sponsored event is the Spring Into Action cleanup effort. Participants in this program are encouraged to “adopt” a section of roadway and then be responsible for cleaning up trash and debris along that roadway.
“We often look to Scouts, 4-H clubs or other groups to take part in this program,” said Montgomery. “There is no fame or fortune in this. We just want to help make our roadways look nicer.”