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Compost Workshop Series

Would you like to learn how to make your own Black Gold? Come and learn how to turn your yard waste, garden weeds, food scraps, and even animal manure into a valuable soil amendment for your home garden and beyond! A series of five workshops will be co-led by Lindsey Grimm, Morrow County Recycling/Keep Morrow County Beautiful and Carri Jagger, Morrow County Extension - Agricultural & Natural Resources Extension Educator. The workshops are being offered free of charge and if a participant attends at least two of the five, they will be entered in a drawing to receive a compost bin (various types to choose from). Make plans to attend the last workshop on Aug 18, 2020, as you must be present to win.

Compost Workshop Series - Next Event(s)
July 7 – Compost that Animal Waste!
Aug 18 – Harvesting and how to use your “Black Gold”

2020 Compost Workshop series
Compost 101 Workshop - 1st Session
PowerPoint for review
Rewatch the Webinar
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Vermicompost Workshop - 2nd Session
PowerPoint for review
Rewatch the Webinar  Use the following password: 2u&jS.H2
Link to Survey

Backyard Composting Workshop - 3rd Session
PowerPoint for review
Rewatch the Webinar Use the following password: 3r?3w+0e
Link to Survey

Composting Animal Waste Workshop - 4th Session
Link to Join  - July 7, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
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Rewatch the Webinar (posted after July 7)
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Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Course 
The Morrow Environmental Education Committee ( MEEC ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist course starting in August 2020! The OCVN program is a research-based education program of The Ohio State University offered in partnership with several host locations, such as park districts and various environmental organizations. The mission of the OCVN program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service. The OCVN program emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service. Participants in the OCVN program receive 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction. Upon completing the OCVN course, participants provide 40 hours of volunteer service at any Ohio organization with a compatible program mission. Service categories include Education/Interpretation & Outreach, Citizen Science, Land Stewardship, and Program Support.

You do have to apply to take this course which will last August- October 2020 and there is a $165 registration cost.

Deadline to apply is July 13, 2020
You must be at least 18 years old to apply. For more information, find a brochure and application here or contact Becky Barker at OSU Extension Morrow County at 419-947-1070.


AIM: Adventures In Morrow County Program

The Morrow Environmental Education Committee ( MEEC ) is pleased to announce a family-friendly activity that will encourage you to explore your Morrow County Parks!

View the booklet here to participate. (Answer page only)

* Please note, if using a mobile device you may have to download a pdf viewer that is compatible with fillable forms such as Adobe Fill & Sign from your app store.

The booklet is filled with park information and will help you find the clues to write in your book for eight (8) local parks. Each park has its own adventure/directions to obtain answers. Once you have completed your eight park adventure, send a picture of your completed answer page to be entered into a drawing for local prizes. As an added bonus, make sure to document the steps taken during your adventure. Your total group's steps at each site might land you more prizes.

This program runs June 17 - September 7, 2020.


**** HHW / PAINT DAY- AUG 15 ***

Household Hazardous Waste and Paint event will be August 15, 2020 at the Morrow County Fairgrounds.

The May 16th and August 22nd Electronic and Paper Shredding events have been canceled.  


 Hazardous Waste Event Guidelines


Morrow County Recycles Newsletter

View our current MC Recycles Newsletter. Learn about Recycling updates and upcoming events in Morrow County! 


  The Delaware/Knox/Marion/Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste District is a legal political subdivision of the State of Ohio and is funded by a $6.00 per ton contract fee on municipal solid waste generated within the District.


  The District's Board of Directors consists of twelve county commissioners from its four-county members. The Board is charged with implementing the District's Solid Waste Management Plan.


  DKMM funds programs that provide education about and alternatives to disposal of generated wastes. These programs include recycling, composting, education, solid waste enforcement, and monitoring, household hazardous waste, electronics, and tire collections. DKMM also provides grant funding to both private and public-sector entities to improve existing or implement new effective waste management programs.


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 Recycling Bin Pickup Schedule (click here to download this month's copy) 


Drop Off Locations - (available 24 hours)

Morrow County Residential Recycling Guide

Cardington Township Hall

4064 County Road 132

Cardington, OH 43315



Chesterville Ball Field

3675 State Route 314

Chesterville, OH 43317


Franklin Township Hall

5380 State Route 95, east

Mt. Gilead, OH 43338



Fulton Village Hall

120 W Main St

Fulton, OH 43321

Highland High School

1250 Township Rd. 16

Sparta, OH 43350



Washington Twp/Iberia Ball Park

8587 County Road 30

Iberia, OH 43325


Johnsville Ball Field

7478 County Road 30

Shauck, OH 43349



49 North Hickory Street

Marengo, OH 43334

 Northmor High School

5353 County Road 29

Galion, OH 44833


Westfield Township Hall

848 County Road 21

Westfield, OH 44251


Peru Township

1031 County Road 24

Marengo, OH 43334


Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to servings troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Cell Phones For Soldiers:

• Provided more than 3 million calling cards.

• Mails approximately 1,500 calling cards a week.

• Prevented more than 11.7 million phones from ending up in landfills.

Bring your gently used cell phone to Morrow County Recycling at the Morrow County Health Department (619 W. Marion Rd., Mt. Gilead, OH 43338) from 7:15 am-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, to benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers. Click here for more information.





Freon must be removed by a certified technician!



357 HPM Street

Marengo, OH 43334


Building Materials


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore encourages individuals, businesses, builders and remodelers to help prevent reusable building supplies from going to the landfill. Please Call your local ReStore to schedule a donation pickup or drop off. It is highly recommended that you call before bringing your donation to make sure that it is something that will be accepted. Donations must be in good enough quality that people will want to purchase them to install or use in their home or properties. Donations are tax deductible.


Click here to be redirected to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Ohio Directory of Stores.



China, Crystal, Ceramic Bakeware and Glass (Pyrex) Bakeware



These items are not accepted through drop-off or curbside recycling programs.  They may be placed in the trash.

If it is still in good condition, find someone who could use it or donate it.















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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL's)


Many hardware supply stores (Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards, ACE Hardware) and other retailers offer in-store recycling. Make sure you check directly with the store before you go; not all stores in regional or nationwide chains may be equipped to recycle.


Home Depot – customers can bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, place them in a plastic bag and deposit them both into a collection unit.


Menards – Menards also recycles CFL bulbs.


Lowe's also made it easier for customers to make a difference by installing recycling centers in more than 1,700 stores throughout the United States. The permanent recycling centers, located at the store entrance, offer a free, convenient and easy way for customers to recycle rechargeable batteries, cell phones, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and plastic shopping bags.


Battery Recycling

Recycle your spent batteries at the following locations in Morrow County:

Morrow County Recycling (80 N Walnut Street, Mt.Gilead, OH 43338)

Morrow County 911 Center (140 S Main St, Mt Gilead, OH 43338)

Morrow County Health Dept (619 W Marion St., Mt Gilead, OH 43338)

Your Local Fire Department

Insulation (tape over terminals) is not required for Alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V), NiCd, or NiMH batteries when marked with a rating of 9 volts and under. **This voltage rating should be noted on the battery wrapper or case. Review the How To Guide: Battery Terminal Protection


 Check out this new feature on the main DKMM Solid Waste District website! You can search how to properly dispose of an item throughout the entire district!

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