Rethinking Household Hazardous Waste with ReWorks

by Marcie E. Kress, Executive Director, ReWorks

The ReWorks’ Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center opened for the 2022 season on June 2. Summit County residents only can bring their household hazardous waste to the HHWRC from 2-7 p.m. every Thursday from June through the end of September.

When is the ReWorks’ HHWRC the busiest?

ReWorks tracks data on the usage of the HHWRC. By being aware of these trends, Summit County residents can decide what time is best for them to drop off their materials at the HHWRC.

The days with the highest number of Summit County residents at the HHWRC are typically the first two Thursdays in June and the last two Thursdays in September. Additionally, most Summit County residents come to the HHWRC from 2-4:30 p.m. The busiest hour is between 2-3 p.m. when the HHWRC opens. On average, more than 80 cars are serviced during that hour.

What does the HHWRC accept?

A complete list of what materials are accepted is available on But in general, the HHWRC accepts household chemicals like cleaners, used motor oil, oil- based paint, pesticides, batteries and even cooking oil.

Items with embedded batteries and vapes are NEW materials accepted at HHWRC. Embedded or non-removable batteries power everything from electric toothbrushes and children’s toys to vapes and e-cigarettes. Embedded batteries can be challenging to remove and contain harmful materials that may ignite when punctured or crushed. However, these items can be brought to the HHWRC for proper handling.

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What can I do with latex paint?
Latex, or water-based paint, is not accepted at the HHWRC. Once it is dried, you can place it in your regular trash. To watch a video of how to handle latex paint, visit www.sum-

Keep in mind that the HHWRC is only for materials generated at your home located in Summit County, and you must be a Summit County resident to use the service. Please note that material from businesses, faith-based organizations or schools cannot be accepted. If any of these apply to you, call ReWorks at 330-374-0383 for alternative solutions.

ReWorks, the solid waste management authority for Summit County, provides programs, services, and community outreach on waste reduction, recycling and other materials management strategies. For more information, visit, call 330-374-0383 or email us at:

Marcie E. Kress, Executive Director, ReWorks

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