Rethinking Household Hazardous Waste with ReWorks

by Marcie E. Kress, Executive Director, ReWorks

The ReWorks’ Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center opens for the 2023 season on Thursday, June 1. Summit County residents only can bring their household hazardous waste to the HHWRC every Thursday from 2-7 p.m., through Sept. 28.

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 2-3 p.m. when the HHWRC opens. On average, more than 80 cars are serviced in that hour alone. Note these times and plan your visit to the HHWRC accordingly.

What does the HHWRC accept?

A complete list of material 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.

New! Items with embedded batteries and vapes. 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. Do not place batteries of any kind in curbside recycling carts. Instead, bring them 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 the paint is dried, place the paint can in your regular trash. To watch a video of how to handle latex paint, visit

Keep in mind that the HHWRC is only for material generated at your home located in Summit County, and you must be a Summit County resident. 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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