Solid Waste Management District
of Lorain County, Ohio
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226 Middle Avenue, Fifth Floor
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Toll Free: 1 (800) 449-5463
Fx: (440) 329-5777
The Ohio General Assembly established the Solid Waste Management Districts of Ohio in 1989, and required each county to belong to one. Our District was set up to include the whole of Lorain County, plus all of the city of Vermilion. The responsibilities and duties of each District fall into two broad categories:
- To prepare and maintain a comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, and measure progress toward its goals by collecting detailed statistics on recycling and solid waste disposal.
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- To promote recycling, reuse, and reduction of solid waste through educational and informational programs, support of recycling businesses and organizations, and the direct operation or support of actual collection events and programs.
School Pizza Party Held for ARD Pledge Drawing
America Recycles Day (ARD) is a Keep America Beautiful event held each year on November 15th. For ARD, people are encouraged to sign a pledge card which states they will do their part to recycle more in the upcoming year. During the year 2013, the Lorain County Solid Waste District held several events resulting in 1,892 people taking the ARD pledge.
One such event was a pledge drive in the Lorain County schools. Teachers were given a pledge sheet for their students to sign. Each of the 70 teachers who participated, by returning their pledge sheets, were entered into a drawing for a pizza party.
The winning teacher for the ARD 2013 event was Mr. Anthony Laveglia at Liberty Elementary School in North Ridgeville and his 2nd grade class. Our local District Solid Waste Educator, Brandi Schnell, personally delivered the pizzas to the classroom for the party on Friday, January 10, 2014!
The class was in great spirits as they each got their pizza and pop. The teacher and students were very grateful and said they can’t wait for the next LCSWMD recycling presentations and contests! Here are some pictures from that fun day!
Shred Unwanted Docs. Sat. Apr. 19 & Oct. 18
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 and Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 am - 12 pm, Lorain County residents will be able to bring their documents to the parking lot of the Lorain County Collection Center in Elyria and have them shredded for free on-site. The event is sponsored by the Board of Commissioners and Shredding Network Co. out of Wickliffe, Ohio.
Residents will need to bring identification showing proof of residency in Lorain County and are limited to 5 boxes / 5 blue grocery bags. They will also need drive into the facility and must take their empty boxes with them; residents should not exit their vehicles.
For more information, please see the official Shred Day Event Flyer or call Keith Bailey, Lorain County Solid Waste Management District Director at (440) 329-5440, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
America Pledged to Recycle on Fri., Nov. 15, 2013
A big thank you to all of the 1,892 people who signed a pledge card to recycle more in 2014. Recycling is the single most effective thing that every one of us can do to help the environment. It doesn’t take a lot of effort but the rewards are substantial. Recycling not only saves room in our landfills, it also saves vital natural resources, conserves energy and increases recycling related jobs.
The display we had at the Metro Parks Carlisle Visitors Center was a big hit. It featured the enlarged winning drawings from our 2013 calendar contest. Pledge cards were available along with pertinent recycling information. There were children’s activity sheets and a chance to sign up to win a free rain barrel donated by the City of Avon Lake Engineering Department.
The winner of the rain barrel was Jeffrey Goodrich. Jeffrey used to be a farmer and had a rain barrel in the past and was very excited to win this one. He used to joke to people that “he was green before being green was cool”. Congratulations Jeffrey, we know you will put the rain barrel to good use.
Pledge sheets were sent to each school to be signed by students and teachers. Each pledge sheet was then placed in a drawing for a pizza party. The winner was Mr. Anthony Laveglia’s 2nd grade class from Liberty ES in North Ridgeville. Enjoy your pizza and thanks for pledging to recycle more in 2014.
Thanks again to all of you who participated in this worthwhile event. Help us to make recycling work by making every day America Recycles Day (ARD).
Attend the Fall 2013 Farm Tire Collection Event
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, the Lorain County Solid Waste District will hold a Farm Tire Collection at the Lorain County Collection Center from 9 am - 2 pm, which is FREE for all residents that own or operate farm equipment. Residents will be asked on-site to present a driver’s license verifying proof of residency.
Pre-registration is required by calling 1 (800) 449-5463 or (440) 328-2368 before Thursday, September 19, 2013. When calling, residents will need to know what size and quantity of tires they want to bring. For reference, tire sizes are grouped into 3 categories:
For questions, see the Fall Tire Collection Event Flyer.
- Up to 36” (implement tires, wagon tires, truck tires, skid loader tires, most front tires, 4-wheeler tires)
- 37-60” (most rear tractor tires)
- 61” or larger (large rear tractor tires, all combine tires)
LCSWMD Wins SWANA 2013 Excellence Award
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is pleased to announce that the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District (LCSWMD) has been named the Bronze Winner of the 2013 SWANA Excellence Award in the category of Special Waste. The award will be presented at WASTECON (SWANA’s Annual Conference) on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in Long Beach, California, USA.
The LCSWMD will receive the SWANA’s Excellence Award for its entry: “Special Waste Collection Center”. The Lorain County Collection Center is designed to collect and process special waste materials not typically collected at curbside or drop-off recycling programs, and has diverted for reuse and recycling more than 2,600 tons from landfills since June 2010.
In the first two years of operation, the Center has processed 28,632 vehicles and 34,558 households. Approximately 92% of the materials collected are diverted for recycling or reuse. The District’s 300,000 residents may use the facility year around.
Admiral King Students Make Paper & Earth Wheels
Every year our recycling educator, Brand Schnell visits schools all across Lorain County teaching students about the importance of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. In June, Mrs. Schnell visited Admiral King Elementary School in the city of Lorain. The students learned about the 3 R’s and even got to make their very own piece of recycled paper. Below is sample of the paper these talented 5th grade students made!
At Admiral King Elementary a project these students had been working on was presented to Mrs. Schnell. The title of the project was “How I Can Be Kind to the Earth”. The individual projects consisted of a cover page, a written statement and a drawing to correspond with their writing. Here we would like to share a few of their projects with you to show how in tune with the environment these students are.
2013 Calendar Contest Results Revealed
The Lorain County Board of Commissioners and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District are pleased to announce that the calendar contest winners this year have been selected and notified.
In the spring, information about the contest was sent out to all of the schools within Lorain County. The topics this year had to be about either recycling or litter prevention.
The District received 858 entries, which kept the staff busy trying to narrow the selection down. After a lengthy review process, Twelve Winning Calendar Designs were selected representing grades one through twelve.
Each winner received a $25 visa gift card donated by Chemtron Corporation. The calendars are distributed at the District’s booth at the Lorain County Fair in August and the Elyria Apple Festival.
For additional information, please call Sally Pecora, Project Manager with Lorain County Solid Waste Management District at (440) 329-5467.
C.A.B. Trailer Program Available County-Wide
The Lorain County Board of Commissioners and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District are excited to announce a new program being launched in conjunction with Pride Day (Saturday, May 18, 2013).
The “C.A.B.”, otherwise know as the Clean And Beautiful Trailer, is available starting this week for FREE to any volunteer organization in Lorain County. The District received a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation last year.
For more information or to schedule it for your upcoming beautification project, please contact the District through either Sally Pecora at (440) 329-5467 or Tiffany Barker at (440) 328-2368.
Collection Center Now Accepting New Recyclables
The Lorain County Board of Commissioners and the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District are pleased to announce that effective March 1, 2013 residents & small businesses can now drop off their recyclables at the Lorain County Collection Center (located at 540 South Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH 44035).
Now you will be able to drop off plastics #1-7 (identifiable by the number in the recycling arrows on the bottom of the item), glass jars & bottles, steel cans and paper. This new program will be free and is an expanded service to the District’s recent announcement of accepting cardboard and boxboard.
Lorain County Cracks Down on Illegal Dumping
The Solid Waste Management District was pleased to hear about the new Environmental Crimes Unit now being used by the Lorain County Sheriff's Office to crack down on illegal dumping. The unit has posted high resolution cameras at local dumping hot spots.
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