Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by scheduling an appointment and bringing their household hazardous waste to the Hazardous Materials Collection Center (HMCC).
The HMCC will accept household hazardous waste by appointment only on the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month. The summer collection dates are: June 6, June 16, July 21, August 1 and August 18. Residents can schedule appointments at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household) or by calling 402-441-8021.
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 NOT accepted include latex paint, motor oil, antifreeze, 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 guide). No business waste will be accepted.
The events are free of charge to Lincoln and Lancaster County residents. Donations are accepted at the collection. The household hazardous waste program is partially funded by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.