Q: Who manages and pays for the HHWRC?
A: The Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority (SASWMA).
Q: What is the reason behind the HHWRC season and hours?
A: SASWMA initially hosted a one day event to collect household hazardous waste (HHW) and quickly realized one day was not enough. As a result, the HHWRC opened in 1996 giving Summit County residents 3 months a year to properly rid their homes of HHW. June through September are months residents are most likely to generate HHW, and the operation hours accommodate two shifts and avoid rush-hour traffic on Graham Road.
Q: What happens to my material?
A: You might be surprised to learn an average of 80% of all material brought to the HHWRC is recycled! For example, paint, the most common material collected, is 100% recycled into a fuel for cement kilns, an additive for concrete, or new paint.
Q: What does SASWMA do in the off-season?
A: Although SASWMA is best known for the HHWRC, it is not our only program. SASWMA implements various recycling, waste reduction, and education programs for Summit County year round.
Q: What do I do with my HHW during the off-season?
A: The HHWRC is the only facility where Summit County residents can recycle their HHW for FREE. Items such as latex paint, motor oil, car batteries or computers can be recycled during our off-season. Check SASWMA's Local Recycling Solutions for these and other recycling solutions. All other materials can be brought to the HHWRC during its regular season.