It's a host's worst nightmare -- sending out invitations and then running out of something.

That almost happened, in a sense, at last October's Jackson Township Cleanup at the Jackson Township Administration Building.

"People were bringing in so much paper to shred, we were getting close to filling the capacity of both of the trucks we had on hand," said Shane Farnsworth, township administrator. "We almost had to bring in a third truck."

It was a good problem to have, he said.

"The more material people are bringing in, the less we have to take to the landfill," Farnsworth said.

The next Community Environmental Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the township building, 3756 Hoover Road.

Jackson Township, Grove City, Keep Grove City Beautiful and Local Waste Services coordinate the event, which is held each spring, and takes the form of Community Environmental Day.

"We get a great response from the community," Farnsworth said. "It's a steady stream of cars coming in. People appreciate the convenience of having a place to drop off their household items for safe disposal."

Ohio Mobile Shredding will offer secure document shredding and iRecycle will accept computers, printers, monitors and electronic equipment.

Residents also may bring tires (up to four tires per household); major appliances; shrubs, bushes and other yard waste for chipping; and construction and landscape materials.

Hazardous materials, paint and chemicals are not accepted at the event. A list of accepted household-hazardous waste items is available on the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's website, swaco.org.

SWACO will hold a household-hazardous waste collection event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 in Grove City.

The first environmental day was held in 1996 and limited to the disposal of tires. Paper shredding began in May 2010 and e-waste began to be collected in September 2011.

During the collection day held last September, 548 cars signed in and 15,752 pounds of shredded paper, 277 tires and 7,500 pounds of e-waste were collected, according to a summary posted on the township's website.

Since 1996, about 211 tons of material have been collected at Community Environmental Day, the summary stated.

"That's a lot of stuff being diverted from the landfill," Farnsworth said. "It's going to allow our county landfill to last longer and ultimately, it's going to save us and our residents money."

The number of cars visiting the event has increased the past two years, with 567 cars stopping by in May 2017, 615 in September 2017 and 612 in May 2018, the summary reported.

"We've done more to advertise the event, but I also think people just really appreciate the convenience of being able to bring all these materials in," said Linda Rosine, Grove City's environmental supervisor.

"We don't charge people to shred their paper, and that makes it easy to come in and do the right thing," she said. "It's a way for our residents to get rid of a lot of items that they may not know how to recycle, especially e-waste."

The Grove City Noon Lions Club will collect eyeglasses at the event and the Grove City Food Pantry and Emergency Services will take donations of nonperishable food and other personal care items.

Habitat for Humanity's MidOhio ReStore will accept reusable building materials, appliances and home items such as furniture and decor. Additional donation information is available at restoremidohio.org.

"We'll even have a food truck on site so you can enjoy some barbecue after you drop off your items," Farnsworth said.

For more information about the event, call 614-277-3058 or 614-875-2742.

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