Hazardous Drop off Helps Environment

Local News

Helping the environment and keeping homes safe took center stage at Ohio University Zanesville.

A steady line of cars filled with paint cans, oil and antifreeze took time to drop off household hazardous wastes.

The site coordinator for the event says dropping off waste helps not only the environment, but local fire departments.

“It helps the fire department when they respond to a house fire they are very happy to see that all the flammables and things that would give them issues are dropped off here,” said Site Coordinator Tom McCabe.

Keeping the earth clean is another reason residents turned out.

“I think that we didn’t have it then people would just throw it away and keep it in there homes and it’s easy to make a pile every year and safely dispose of it every year,” said Zanesville Resident Kathy Watson.

And to make sure that the drop off remains safe members of the Zanesville Fire Department are on hand as well as chemists.

“When the waste comes in it’s taken to a segregation table and from there our chemists look at it and segregate it properly into the drums and yard boxes,” explained McCabe.

Over 400 cars made their way through Saturday’s hazardous drop off, which was only for residents of Muskingum County.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.