MAYO — The Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Department, in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners, is sponsoring a free “Toxic Round-Up” collection event this weekend.

The event, which will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mayo Community Center at 176 SW Community Circle, is to allow residents to properly dispose of an/or recycle common household waste items that can’t be collected curbside.

In 2019, 4.69 tons of waste (9,381 pounds) was collected in Lafayette County alone with an estimated 80 percent was from the “Toxic Round-Up” event. Household hazardous waste can be toxic to the public and pose a threat to the environment if improperly discarded.

Items that can be accepted include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerosol cans;
  • Antifreeze;
  • Automotive fluids — Brake fluid, automatic transmission fluid, lubricants, etc.;
  • Batteries — Automotive, lead-acid, Ni-Cd, rechargeable, etc.;
  • E-waste — Computers, TVs microwaves, radios and other electronic waste;
  • Fluorescent lamps and tubes, CFL and LED bulbs;
  • Household cleaners, degreasers and solvents;
  • Fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides (solid or liquid);
  • Paint, paint thinner and other waste paint related materials;
  • Propane tanks;
  • Spent fire extinguishers;
  • Non-controlled pharmaceuticals (pills and liquid) and over-the-counter medications;
  • Gasoline, fuels;
  • Used oils and used oil filters;
  • Shop rages and absorbents;
  • Spent flares and ammunition;
  • Used vegetable oil.

All containers must be labeled. Explosives, reactive and/or radioactive or infectious wastes will not be accepted.

All Lafayette County residents and small businesses are welcome. The event is free for residents but is fee-based for small businesses. Please contact 352-334-0440 for fees and program availability for small businesses.

For more information and a full list of accepted items, call Chris Vann at 386-294-1279 or visit www.alachuacountyhazwaste.us.

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