Lake County Fairgrounds Painesville Ohio
The Lake County Department of Utilities is holding its last of four special collections Sept. 24 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1301 Mentor Ave. in Painesville Township.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the department will be collecting household hazardous waste. The entrance for the event is on the north end of the fairgrounds off of Mentor Avenue.
Residents can bring household cleaners and solvents, thinners, kerosene, turpentine, lighter fluid, strippers, used motor oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, coolants, antifreeze, grease, oil-based paints, varnish, shellacs, stains, aerosols, polyurethanes, primers, grout, liquid/solid pool, lawn and garden chemicals, pesticides, weed killers, spray insecticides, batteries (all sizes and including lead acid and household), fluorescent bulbs (all sizes), photography chemicals, “hobby” chemicals, mercury, empty propane tanks, roofing tars and drive sealers.
Not accepted: water-based paints, radioactive (smoke alarms), ammunition, explosives or medical waste.
Residents are encouraged to remove these substances from their garages, sheds, basements, closets, bathrooms and kitchen pantries, thereby reducing wrongful disposal of these unwanted substances down the drain or in the trash. All household hazardous waste collected on special collection days is recycled or destroyed safely by neutralization or incineration.
The collection is strictly for residential customers. Commercial, business and industrial items will not be accepted.
The collections are a collaboration among the Department of Utilities Solid Waste District, Lake County Commissioners and the Ohio State University Extension in Lake County.
The Department of Utilities offers the following tips for household hazardous waste collection day:
•Event time: No materials can be accepted at the site outside of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 and the collection ends promptly at 3.
•Be efficient: Avoid long lines by scheduling yourself to come in after 12 p.m. The drop-off is extremely busy from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. So be a little lazy and come later.
•We want to help you: We will remove the materials in their original containers, from your vehicle. So sit back and relax, we will do the work.
•We want to keep everyone safe: There is no smoking allowed, even in your vehicle, while at the collection event. Many of the collected materials are volatile or combustible.
•Show kindness: Please be patient, even long lines move quickly, our average wait time is 10 minutes. The Department of Utilities and the contractor can accommodate almost 400 vehicles an hour.
•We value your time: No business or industrial materials are allowed; this collection is only for materials from household uses. If discovered, haulers will need to make their own arrangement with their own contractor for proper disposal of these materials.