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. Friday, June 14 at Union College, 52nd Street and Cooper Avenue.
This is the last household hazardous waste collection of the spring. The next collection is not until August 24, so residents are encouraged to safely dispose of excess and unwanted items now.
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, mercury-containing items, 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).
The event, sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
Participants should take care to safely transport products to the collection. Products should be in their original containers, protected from potential spillage during transport and placed away from the passenger area of the vehicle.
LLCHD household hazardous waste collections are partially funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.