MINNEOLA – The Lake County Solid Waste Division, in partnership with the City of Minneola and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, is helping residents dispose of unwanted medications at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event from 9 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Minneola City Hall parking lot, 800 N. U.S. Highway 27, Minneola.
The purpose of the event is to encourage Lake County residents to properly remove unwanted or expired medicines like cough syrups, as well as vitamins and supplements, from their homes. 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 deposit these items down the drain.
The County’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit will also be on-hand to collect unwanted household hazardous waste. Residents will be able to drop off 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 unwanted medications and household hazardous waste, 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.