2012 Media Releases

April 9, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Dan N. King, Environmental Health Specialist, 402-441-8084
Laurel Erickson, Environmental Educator, 402-441-8035

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled April 28

Springtime is a great time for getting rid of those unwanted excess chemicals around the home. A good cleaning now will make your home safer for those summer months when children are home more, preventing accidental poisonings or injury from hazardous household products.

Bring those products to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection, sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wal-Mart at 87th & Highway 2. The event is for Lincoln and Lancaster County households, not businesses. Wal-Mart will offer reusable shopping bags to collection participants, who will also receive a 2012 Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide.

Items accepted at the HHW collection include fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and tubes, 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 including thermometers, upholstery cleaners, grease removers and brake and power steering fluids.

Items that can be recycled or safely disposed of locally will not be accepted at the HHW collection: latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics, and batteries. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide provides information on what to do with those items (and can be accessed on-line at lincoln.ne.gov, keyword: recycling). Wal-Mart stores accept a variety of items for recycling any day, including button batteries, plastic bags, empty medicine vials, cellphones, tires, and up to five quarts of used oil.

Additional spring collections include one on Saturday, May 21, at Pfizer, Inc., and a Friday, June 8, collection at Union College. For more information about the collections, contact 402-441-8021 or check the website at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).