ELKHART Monthly hazardous waste collection coming up

A household hazardous waste collection is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Elkhart County jail.
Posted on Sept. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart County residents can drop off household hazardous waste Saturday, Sept. 7, at the county jail near the intersection of C.R. 7 and C.R. 26.

The county’s solid waste management district will hold its monthly collection event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acceptable waste includes oil-based paints, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, medications and household cleaners. Materials should be in the original, labeled containers if possible. Containers larger than 5 gallons will not be accepted.

Other items that will not be accepted include electronics, tires, refrigerators and dehumidifiers. Contact the solid waste management district office at 293-2269 for recycling information on these items.

Latex paint and alkaline batteries are no longer 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. The dried paint and alkaline batteries can be thrown away with regular trash. Neither is considered hazardous waste.

The next household hazardous waste collection will be Oct. 5.

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