The Allen County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (OHSEM) is an active participant in the environmental health and safety of the local community. In 2003, the Allen County OHSEM was honored by the Ottawa River Coalition as the “Watershed Partner of the Year.” The agency’s interests and involvement in environmental issues include:
Illicit Discharges – The Allen County OHSEM is a cornerstone agency in the county’s Illicit Discharge Policy and coordinates the countywide “community hotline” and investigations into public complaints of unlawful spills and dumping of hazardous waste and other materials into storm sewers, creeks and other waterways within the county. Illicit Discharge Policy (PDF)
Hazardous Materials Releases and Spills – The Allen County OHSEM handles environmental enforcement issues associated with Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3750, dealing with the unregulated release or spills of hazardous substances into the air, water and land.
Mercury Pick-up & Recycling Program – The Allen County OHSEM partners with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Bowling Green State University in a program that offers free pick-up and disposal of harmful mercury.
Household Hazardous Waste –for information on the proper disposal of household hazardous waste, such as used oil, paint, pesticides, etc. contact the North Central Solid Waste District at www.ncowaste.org or call 419-228-8278.