Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to one of the year's three remaining collection events:
All collections are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The events, sponsored by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD), are for households only. Business waste will not be accepted. Accepted items include 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, upholstery cleaners, CFLs, grease removers and brake or power steering fluids. A complete list of accepted items is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).
Items NOT accepted include latex paint, motor oil, gas grill cylinders, pharmaceutical waste, electronics and batteries. For information on recycling these and other materials, check the "Guide to Recycling" at recycle.lincoln.ne.gov.
A usable latex paint exchange will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at EcoStores Nebraska, 530 West "P" St. Households can donate paint in cans without rust or leaks. Paint from businesses will not be accepted. Households, businesses and community organizations can take free latex paint from the exchange. 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 or ecostoresne.org.
LLCHD household hazardous waste collections are partially funded by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.