TAVARES – In an effort to encourage residents to dispose of toxic materials in a safe and environmentally sensitive way, Lake County Solid Waste is hosting two household hazardous waste collection events in March.
Solid Waste, in partnership with the Mount Dora Police Department, is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials and medications during the event, held from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, March 9 in the Walmart parking lot at 17030 U.S. Highway 441 in Mount Dora.
The county’s mobile collection unit will be also on site from 9 a.m. – noon on Thursday, March 23 in the Fruitland Park City Hall parking lot, located at 506 W. Berckman St., Fruitland Park, collecting hazardous waste only.
Representatives will be on hand to collect small quantities of unused or unwanted 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. Those participating in the Mount Dora event may also dispose of unwanted medications.
Staff at the event will be offering convenient drive-thru disposal of items so residents won’t have to leave their vehicles. Materials such as infectious waste, solvents, chemical laboratory waste and radioactive waste are prohibited.
Excessive amounts 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 may be scheduled at the Central Solid Waste Facility, located at 13130 County Landfill Road in Tavares by calling 352-343-3776.
The collection event is open to Lake County residents only.
In 2016, the mobile unit collected 56,180 pounds of household hazardous waste in Lake County. For more information about this event, or to find out about future collection events, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/hazardouswaste or call Lake County Solid Waste at 352-343-3776.