LEESBURG – The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in partnership with the Leesburg Police Department, is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials and medications in a safe and environmentally conscious way at an upcoming collection event. The county’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will be collecting items from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 10, at the former Sims Furniture Galleries parking lot located at 1715 Citrus Blvd, Leesburg.
“One key reason we hold events like this is to encourage residents to properly dispose of unwanted or expired ingestible medicines, like cough syrups, as well as vitamins and supplements,” said Johnny Taylor, hazardous waste & e-cycling supervisor. “The proper disposal of these substances helps prevent accidental ingestion by minors and animals, and also avoids potential water supply contamination by those who would dispose of these items down the drain.”
Representatives will be on-hand to collect unused or unwanted medications, in addition to small quantities of waste products such as lawn and gardening materials, photo and swimming pool chemicals, paint and related products, cleaning solutions, motor oil and used gas, batteries, fluorescent lamps, light bulbs and small propane tanks.
The staff at the event will be offering convenient drive-thru disposal of items, so residents won’t have to leave their vehicle. Materials such as infectious waste, solvents, chemical laboratory waste and radioactive waste are prohibited.
Excessive amount of hazardous materials will not be accepted due to limited space in the mobile unit. If residents have large quantities of items to dispose of, a special drop-off day will be scheduled at the Central Solid Waste Facility, 13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares. To schedule a drop-off day, call 352-343-3776.
For more information about this event, or to find out about future collection events, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/solid_waste/mobile_unit_schedule.aspx or call the Lake County Solid Waste Division at 352-343-3776.