ELKHART — Elkhart County’s solid waste management district will sponsor a collection for household hazardous waste this weekend at the county jail.
County residents can drop off oil-based paints, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, medications and household cleaners from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the jail near the intersection of C.R. 7 and C.R. 26. If possible, materials should be in their original labeled containers. Containers larger than five gallons will not be accepted.
Other items that will not be collected include electronics, tires, refrigerators and dehumidifiers. Contact the solid waste management district office for recycling information for those items.
Latex paint and alkaline batteries will not be accepted. Latex paint can be dried by opening the can and adding cat litter, sand, shredded newspaper or other absorbents to speed up the process. Empty cans and alkaline batteries can be thrown away with regular trash. Neither is considered hazardous waste.
The next household hazardous waste collection will be Aug. 3.
For more information call the solid waste management district at 293-2269.