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OCRRA offers new chemical disposal program

Spring cleaning may have just become a little easier now that there’s a simpler way to get rid of various products full of chemicals you have laying around.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Spring cleaning may have just become a little easier now that there’s a simpler way to get rid of various products full of chemicals you have laying around.

OCRRA is rolling out a program in which people can dispose of chemicals five days a week, rather than just at a few special event days per year.

In the new toxic disposal program, OCRRA’s staff will unload your items from your car – whether it’s leftover asphalt, paint thinner, charcoal, or lighter fluid.

Those who want to participate just need to sign up on the agency’s website and then pay a visit to EPS, Inc. on State Fair Boulevard, which is handling the program for OCRRA and also sorting everything that arrives.

Pete Petrone is already taking advantage of the program.

“I think it’s very important to do stuff like this rather than chuck stuff on the side of the road or leave it in the garage where kids can get to it,” said Petrone.

According to EPS management, the participants can bring their chemicals however they want.

"Whatever kind of container. If they're in coffee cans, they're in unmarked cans, we have people here that can segregate and decipher what the chemical is for the proper disposal,” said EPS Project Manager Dan Parzych.

They do have some limits to the kinds of paint they can accept. Oil based paints can be dropped off with EPS, but latex paints can be put in the trash as long as kitty litter or drying crystals are placed in the receptacle first.

OCRRA management believes the program is worth its cost.

"We look at a cost of about $50 per car on average, so while this is a free service to the community there is a cost to it, but this is a very important service for the environment,” said OCRRA public information officer Kristen Lawton.

She says the public has wanted more opportunities to drop things off for proper disposal.

Items can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit OCRRA’s website.

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