Lincoln and Lancaster County residents can dispose of unwanted chemicals by bringing them to a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Zoetis (formerly Pfizer), N.W. 4th St. and Cornhusker Highway. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and is for households only. Business waste will not be accepted.
Accepted items include pesticides, lawn and garden chemicals, household cleaning products, 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, brake or power steering fluids, and items containing mercury such as CFLs and thermometers. A complete list of accepted items is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).
Items that will not be accepted at the collection include latex paint, motor oil, fertilizers, gas grill cylinders, medicines and pharmaceutical waste, electronics and batteries. For information on recycling these and other materials, check the "Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide" at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycle).
The event is free to residents of Lincoln and Lancaster County. Donations are accepted the day of the collection.
In conjunction with this collection, residents can participate in a Usable Latex Paint Exchange at EcoStores Nebraska, 530 West "P" St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17.
Households (not businesses) can donate paint in cans without rust or leaks. Anyone can take free latex paint from the exchange: homeowners, landlords, churches, schools, child care facilities, organizations and businesses. Donated paint cans must be at least half-full with intact, readable labels. The paint cannot be lumpy when stirred, and should not have been frozen. EcoStores will dispose of non-usable paint for $2 per can. For more information, contact EcoStores at 402-477-3606.
Residents can also dispose of latex paint by drying it with cat litter, shredded newspaper or waste paint hardener. Dry paint can be disposed of in regular trash with the lid removed.
Household Hazardous Waste Collections are partially funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.