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ARCO Site Cleanup Complete
The pile of more than 300,000 cubic yards of illegally disposed construction and demolition debris waste at the ARCO Recycling site has been removed following an eight-month cleanup. The more than $8.8 million cleanup was paid for by Ohio EPA and done in cooperation with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the city of East Cleveland, the Cleveland Division of Air Quality and the Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office.
“I want to thank all of our local and state partners who helped us protect East Cleveland residents by eliminating this illegal dump,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.
Activity continues at the site as the contractor wraps up housekeeping activities that will ensure the property is cleaned to its pre-existing condition.
Ohio EPA will work to recover the costs to clean up this site from the parties responsible. In addition, the Agency looks forward to talking with the community and elected officials about future options for this property.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.