July 1, 2016

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Old fridge taking up space?

Medina County residents can get rid of major appliances at no cost next week during the county’s annual Spring Appliance Roundup.

The service is free and there will be no charge for removing refrigerants, according to Deborah Haumesser, facilities manager of the Medina County Recycling Center.

“You get ‘em here and we’ll take care of it from there,” Haumesser said.

The appliances can be dropped off at two locations:

• 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, through Friday, April 11, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Solid Waste Management District’s Central Processing Facility, 8700 Lake Road, Westfield Township.

• Also 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at the Plum Creek County Sanitary Engineers Plant, 2417 Plum Creek Parkway, Brunswick.

Haumesser said the Spring Roundup can mean substantial savings for residents needing to dispose of appliances containing refrigerants, such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

While some appliances, including washing machines, dryers, dishwasher, stoves and hot water heaters, are accepted at the Recycling Center throughout the year, those with refrigerants are taken only during the spring and fall roundups because they require special handling, according to federal law.

Normally residents mush to take those appliances to recovery services.

“The average cost for them to drain refrigerants is usually $45 and up,” she said.

Haumesser said recycling used appliances not only lessens the load on landfills, it also returns a valuable resource to Ohio industries. That’s because about 75 percent of major appliances is steel, which is the most recycled material in America.

For more information, contact the Solid Waste District at (330) 769-1273, ext.101, or (800) 968-7273, or visit www.recyclemediacounty.com.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.