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Lincoln and Lancaster County residents are encouraged to clean out unwanted chemicals by bringing their household hazardous waste to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department, 3131 O St., south parking lot.

You also may bring waste products to the new Hazardous Materials Collection Center, 5101 N. 48th St. It is open the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Individuals need to schedule an appointment to drop off their waste. Make an appointment online at Lincoln.ne.gov(keyword: hmcc) or call 402-441-8021.

Other hazardous waste collections for 2018 will be Saturday, May 5, at Star City Shores, 4375 S. 33rd Ct.; Saturday, Sept. 8, at Walmart, 87th and Highway 2; and Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Health Department, 3131 O St.

Business waste is not accepted at these events.

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.

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The April 7 event is 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.

For more details, call the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8021.

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