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Upcoming cleanup events help solve trash problems

COVINGTON, Ky. – Need to do some fall cleaning?
Two events in the coming weeks can help you not only make extra space in your basement and shed but also get rid of problematic items like oil, antifreeze, televisions, and tires.
The first event, this Saturday at the Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub in Cincinnati, is an electronics drop-off event that accepts things like old TVs, phones, refrigerators, batteries, and lightbulbs. Details (and rules) can be found HERE, and note that there is a fee for many items. The organization is a non-profit.
The second event, on Oct. 1 and 2, is the annual fall clean-up event hosted by Kenton County Public Works at its garage in Independence. Details can be found HERE.
There are a few rules: It’s for Kenton County residents only, you must have an ID, you must unload the stuff yourself, and commercial ventures (junk haulers, construction removal companies etc.) are prohibited.
But it accepts a wide variety of problematic stuff.
• Appliances (including those with Freon, but they need to be empty of food).
• Yard debris.
• Household trash.
• Scrap metal.
• Electronics (anything with a power cord; one TV per vehicle).
• Motor and rechargeable batteries.
• 20 lb. propane grill tank.
• Oil and antifreeze (in labeled containers).
• Tires (if more than 10, you must call (859) 392-1919 by close of business Thursday, Sept. 30, to get approval).
• Recyclables (cardboard, aluminum, plastics #1 & #2).
• Lawn equipment and power tools (remove all fluids like oil/gas).
Not accepted:
• Hazardous materials.
• Pesticides.
• Paint/stains.
• Liquid waste.
• Fire extinguishers.
• Large tanks/cylinders.
• Fluorescent bulbs.
• Shingles.
• Concrete, brick, and dirt.
• Junk vehicles (including boats).
“Many people want to do the right thing when it comes to getting rid of unwanted items that could harm the environment, and these events are tailor-made for them,” said Stephanie Bacher, the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling supervisor. “We know lots of people who hold on to items like these for months waiting for cleanup and recycling events. Now’s their chance.”
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