2011 Media Releases

October 3, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Dan N. King, Environmental Health Specialist, 402-441-8084
Laurel Erickson, Environmental Educator, 402-441-8035

October Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Did your fall cleaning turn up some jugs of solvent, pesticides, or other household hazardous wastes you no longer use or need? Bring them to the October 15, 2011, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection and let the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) help you safely dispose of those potentially hazardous chemicals that have been lurking in your garage or basement.

The collection will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 31st & J Streets, at the south end of Woods Park, and is for households only, not for businesses.

Items accepted at the HHW collection include excess or unwanted pesticides or lawn chemicals, burned out fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and tubes, 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 including thermometers, upholstery cleaners, grease removers and brake and power steering fluids.

Do NOT bring latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics, or batteries—these items are NOT accepted at the HHW collection, since they can be recycled or safely disposed of locally. For more information, call 402-441-8021 or check lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).

This is one of the last two collections scheduled for 2011, so it's a good time to clean out hazardous products, improve indoor air quality before the house is closed up for the winter, and make your home safe from accidents or poisoning. The final 2011 HHW collection is in November, as an appointment only event (call 402-441-8084 for information or an appointment).