2012 Media Releases

May 8, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Dan King, Environmental Health Specialist, 402-441-8084
Laurel Erickson, Environmental Educator, 402-441-8035

Household Hazardous Waste Collection and Latex Paint Exchange Set for May 19

Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to dispose of their household hazardous waste at a free collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Pfizer, Inc, 601 West Cornhusker Highway. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is partnering with Pfizer to offer the service.

Items accepted at the collections 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. They include latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics and batteries. For information on recycling, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycling) or call 402-441-8021.

Although latex paint is not accepted at the event, residents can participate in the Usable Latex Paint Exchange from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at EcoStores Nebraska, 530 West P St.

Households and individuals (not businesses) may donate paint in cans without rust or leaks. The paint is available to homeowners, landlords, churches, schools, child cares, organizations and businesses.

Cans of usable paint 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 unusable paint for $2 per can. Residents also can dry the paint using cat litter, shredded newspaper or waste paint hardener and throw the dry paint in the regular trash with the lid removed. For more information on paint exchange, contact EcoStores at 402-477-3606.