Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Wal-Mart, 87th and Highway 2.
Accepted items include pesticides, paint thinners, stains, polishes and waxes, turpentine, oil-based paint, pool cleaning chemicals, flea and tick powders, rodent poison, charcoal starter fluids, mixed or old gasoline, items containing mercury such as thermometers, upholstery cleaners, CFLs, grease removers and brake or power steering fluids. A complete list of accepted items is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).
Items NOT accepted include latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics and batteries. For information on recycling these and other materials, check the "Guide to Recycling" at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycle).
This event is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted. Wal-Mart is offering reusable shopping bags to collection participants while supplies last. Wal-Mart stores also accept a variety of items for recycling including button batteries, plastic bags, empty medicine vials, cell phones, tires and up to five quarts of used oil.
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department recommends taking care of these hazardous materials now to make your home safer over the summer when school is out and children spend more time at home.