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Letter to the editor: A Tox-Away thanks

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 8:44 am

While Tox-Away Day didn’t begin until 9 a.m. Sept. 7, cars from all corners of Allen County began to approach the gate an hour earlier. Many participants were sipping coffee and reading the paper while patiently waiting to properly dispose of household hazardous waste such as cleaners, pesticides and anti-freeze.

On behalf of the Allen County Solid Waste Management District, I’d like to express a sincere thank you to Tox-Away Day participants, volunteers and my staff for an incredibly successful event.

I’m proud to share the following 2013 collection statistics: household hazardous waste – 50,965 pounds; household batteries – 2,065 pounds; car batteries – 3,030 pounds; automotive fluids – 3,203 pounds.

This was our second largest Tox-Away Day event in 21 years, with 1,447 vehicles registered. A significant factor in this year’s success was the 3301 Wayne Trace location in Fort Wayne. I want to share a special acknowledgement to Bobick Real Estate Company for permission to utilize this site.

The challenges of household hazardous waste need to be responsibly addressed. The District wishes to share our appreciation to all who are protecting Allen County’s health and environment. Please mark your calendars for our annual Tox-Away Day to be held on Sept. 6, 2014.

Anthony Burrus, director, Allen County Solid Waste Management District