J.B. Green Team to take tires

T-L Photo/ROBERT A. DEFRANK Michael Bianconi, a JB Green Team board member, tells St. Clairsville City Council about upcoming cleanup events. He focused on special collections of tires and household hazardous waste.

THE JEFFERSON Belmont Solid Waste Authority — aka J.B. Green Team — will be accepting old and unwanted tires this June, with other cleanup events also scheduled.

On Monday evening, Pease Township Trustee Michael Bianconi, also a Green Team board member, spoke to the St. Clairsville City Council to announce the activities.

“Some of the dates have been changed. I just wanted to let you guys and the public (know). So many times in my township and throughout the whole country really, people complain about, ‘I can’t get rid of tires, I can’t get rid of electronics, I can’t get rid of things,'” he said.

He announced a tire collection will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 at the Belmont County Fairgrounds, with some limitations.

“You can’t bring tractor-trailer tires. You can’t have rims on tires,” he said. “You can bring cars’ (tires) … this isn’t new, we’ve had it every year. We’re just trying to educate.”

According to information he provided, there is a 10-tire limit and no tires from businesses are accepted. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency regulations are strictly enforced. Accumulated water, dirt, rocks and other debris must be removed prior to recycling.

Anyone with questions can call 740-296-5376 or visit jbgreenteam.org.

Also, household hazardous waste collections will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 at the Fort Steuben Mall in the Sears parking lot area in Steubenville, and Sept. 23 at the Ohio University Eastern Campus, 45425 National Road, St. Clairsville.

The household waste collections are open to all residents of Jefferson and Belmont counties with proof of residency. Staff will remove and separate items and place materials in the correct containers. Items that will be accepted include household cleaners, lab packs, lawn and garden chemicals, aerosols, roof and driveway sealers, light bulbs with mercury, lead acid and dry cell batteries, automotive fluids such as motor oil or antifreeze, paint and paint-related products such as solvents, strippers, turpentine and varnishes, gasoline and kerosene, propane cylinders, mercury, batteries, organic acids, fire extinguishers, pesticides and herbicides, 4-foot to 8-foot bulbs, and lighters.

Items that will not be accepted with household hazardous waste include commercial or business waste, PCBs, transformers, capacitors, explosives and ammunition, compressed gases other than propane, appliances such as televisions and computers, tires, general recycling or trash, smoke detectors, medical and infectious waste, Drug Enforcement Agency-controlled substances and radioactive waste.

“It’s really nice. You pull up, you stay in your car and they take it out … of your vehicle and dispose of it,” Bianconi said.

For more information, call the JB Green Team Belmont County office at 740-296-5376 or the Jefferson County office at 740-266-6899.


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