Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to bring their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22 at Lincoln Industries, 600 W. "E" St.
The next collection won't be held until October 13, so the public is encouraged to safely dispose of these unwanted items now:
Residents are reminded to take the steps necessary to safely transport products to the collection event. Products should be in their original containers, protected from potential spills during transport, and placed away from the passenger area of the vehicle. Those attending are urged to ask elderly neighbors or relatives if they have materials needing proper disposal.
Items that can be recycled or safely disposed of will NOT be accepted. This includes latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics and batteries.
About 55,000 pounds of hazardous material has been safely recycled or properly disposed of at this year's first five collections.
Business waste will not be accepted at this event. Small businesses, including churches and non-profits, should contact the Health Department at 402-441-8021 for information on hazardous waste disposal options.
Also on September 22, EcoStores Nebraska will host a usable latex paint exchange from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 530 West "P" St. Households and individuals may donate usable latex paint in cans at least three-fourths full. The cans must be without rust or leaks and have intact, readable labels. The paint cannot be lumpy when stirred and should not have been frozen. EcoStores will dispose of unusable paint for $2 per gallon, or will provide instructions about safely drying out and disposing of the paint in the trash. Latex paint can be identified by the "soap and water" cleanup instructions on the label.
Anyone can take free paint from the exchange. Exterior and interior latex paint in a variety of colors is commonly available. Call EcoStores Nebraska at 402-477-3606 for more information, or visit their website at ecostoresne.org.
More information can also be found at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycling).