TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities household hazardous waste mobile unit is scheduled to make 15 different stops throughout the County in 2009.
In addition to the five residential drop-off facilities, household hazardous waste is collected at the Lake County Household Chemical Collection Center, located at 13130 County Landfill Road in Tavares, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The mobile unit, however, gives residents an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste closer to their community. The service provided by the mobile unit is available free of charge to Lake County residents.
2009 household hazardous waste mobile unit schedule
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered household hazardous waste. Household products, such as paint, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides, can contain potentially hazardous ingredients that require special care during disposal. Improper disposal of such hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers or, in some cases, putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.
Whenever possible, it is recommended that household hazardous waste be kept in its original container. If the container is leaking, put it in a new container and mark any unlabeled containers. Transport household hazardous waste in the rear of the vehicle and do not store in the vehicle for extended periods. For more information, call the Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities at (352) 343-3776.