Each month we'll post some helpful recycling tips for you!
Where to recycle fluorescent lighting!
Are you replacing fluorescent light bulbs and have old tubes to recycle? Are you replacing your entire fluorescent fixtures with new LED fixtures and have tubes to recycle? Those old tubes from local residents can be recycled right here in Licking County.
Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights (the twisty light bulbs) from Licking County residents can be recycled at the CFLP Solid Waste District located in the lower level of the Licking County Health Dept. The Health Dept. is located at 675 Price Rd., Newark, and is open from 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. No broken bulbs please.
Please note, this service is for residents only - no businesses or industries please. Businesses are encouraged to look on the internet for recycling options for their unwanted fluorescent tubes.
Also in the Newark area, both Lowes and Home Depot collect compact fluorescent bulbs (twisty bulbs). Stop by or call them for additional information.
Fluorescent tubes gained popularity through the 1950's and 60's as a brighter and more energy efficient alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. Unfortunately fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury that can be released into the environment if disposed of improperly. With new LED technology, many residents are now replacing their fluorescent fixtures with LED fixtures, resulting in a large number of unwanted fluorescent tubes that should be recycled whenever possible.
Unfortunately, older, traditional incandescent bulbs should be placed in the trash as there is no reasonable way to recycle those types of bulbs.
Please do not put plastic bags in our public drop off bins!
Many recyclers use plastic bags to collect their recycling and then put the plastic bags and all into the recycling bins. The plastic bags can then contaminate recycling and can disrupt the entire sorting process by binding up machinery.
Take a moment to watch this short video (click HERE) that explains why we shouldn't put plastic bags into our recycling bins. The video also explains where to recycle those plastic grocery store and department store bags. Thanks for recycling!
Think Green - Recycle in 2019!
BATTERY RECYCLING IN LICKING COUNTY
Licking County Recycling and CFLP Solid Waste District partner with the “Big Green Box” to offer easy battery recycling in the Newark area. Boxes are located at:
But we need your help so the batteries can be safely stored and then shipped to the recycling facility. Read on for specific instructions regarding types of batteries accepted, and precautions you must take with certain types of batteries.
Traditional “household” alkaline batteries like AA, AAA, C, D, and 9 volt batteries can be simply placed in the Big Green Box. NiMh Batteries also can be placed in the box. Most batteries state on the battery itself what kind of battery it is.
Other batteries need to be protected before placing them in the box. The following types must be “insulated” – placed in a small plastic bag or have clear tape placed over the ends, so they don’t interact with each other and possibly cause a fire!
Larger batteries from vehicles or lawnmowers, or “replaceable acid” batteries are not accepted in the Big Green Box. Go to the “Batteries” sections in our Recycling Guide HERE to learn how or where to recycle those types of batteries.
Thank you for protecting our Earth and recycling batteries in Licking County!
MOST LIDS CAN BE RECYCLED!
We’ve had a few questions about LIDS lately, so here’s an update for you. If you are using the Licking County Public Drop Off Bins…. MOST LIDS CAN BE RECYCLED! If you are using curbside recycling, check with your hauler to find out if lids are accepted through their program.
Loose lids are NOT accepted.... but you can save them to donate to the Licking County Library! (See our Facebook post from 11/1/18 for more information.) Loose lids get "lost" in the separating machinery and can get stuck, halting operations until the lid can be found and extracted.
Attach metal lids to glass jars or bottles. The lids actually stabilize the glass during transportation!
Keep metal food can lids ON the container, if you are skilled with a can opener! If you go too far with the can opener, and the metal lid comes all the way off, never fear. Just push the lid all the way down into the can, and everything can still be recycled.
Keep plastic lids on plastic bottles or jugs. Everything will be recycled!
GREASY PIZZA BOXES CANNOT BE RECYCLED
Please do not put soiled or GREASY PIZZA BOXES in your curbside recycling or in any of Licking County’s public drop off bins. Oil seeps into the corrugated cardboard and cannot be cleaned out or separated from the cardboard pulp during the recycling process. Cardboard that is “contaminated” is less valuable and less marketable to future buyers. So, what should you do with that pizza box? If it looks like the one in the photo, throw it in the trash. You can still rip the “lid” off and recycle that part if it is clean. If your favorite pizza store lines the pizza box with parchment-type paper, throw the paper in the trash. If the cardboard is still clean, recycle it! Now…. Who’s hungry for pizza?
LICKING COUNTY RECYCLING WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING ELECTRONICS FOR RECYCLING STARTING OCTOBER 1ST. So, how/where do you recycle electronics and televisions? Throughout the county, there are at least 12 places where you can recycle your electronics, and at least 6 where you can recycle televisions.
Why will Licking County Recycling no longer accept electronics? A few reasons:
Please call any of the businesses below to get more information about recycling your electronics and televisions!
COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS - CALL FOR DETAILS ON ITEMS ACCEPTED
Are you buying new markers for back-to school season? Do you have old markers that don't work anymore? You can recycle those old markers and stop that waste from going into a landfill! See the websites below for more information on how and where to recycle old markers and even mechanical pencils.
Recycle all brands of markers at Crayola for free: http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx
Prang markers can be recycled after requesting a free shipping label. Seven pounds of markers are recommended: http://www.dixonrecycle.com/
Other brands, as well as mechanical pencils can be recycled (seven pounds also recommended) through Terra Cycle: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/zero_waste_boxes/pens-pencils-and-markers
Did you know that you can "recycle" your car? Many agencies accept old cars to fix up and reuse, or will scrap the car's metal for charitable money and the metal can be recycled/reused elsewhere. Check out the websites for information about recycling your car. And thank you to recycling fan Roy Huntley Ranario for the information!