City to collect household hazardous waste

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington will host a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, April 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. This event, funded in part by the Kentucky Pride Fund through the Kentucky Division of Waste Management, offers Fayette County residents a free opportunity to safely and responsibly dispose of household hazardous wastes.

“Over time, unwanted items like used motor oil, antifreeze, herbicides, pesticides, and other household hazardous materials accumulate in many of our garages, sheds and basements,” said Mayor Jim Gray. “This event gives our residents the chance to remove these materials from their homes and help protect the environment by ensuring they are properly disposed.”

“The household hazardous waste collection is one of the most popular events we host.  However, two of the most common household hazardous items, latex paint and electronic waste, can be safely disposed throughout the year,” says Tracey Thurman, Director of Lexington’s Division of Waste Management. “Residents with only those items can avoid the car line on April 23 by taking advantage of the year-round disposal options.”

The city’s Electronic Recycling Center, 1306 Versailles Road, is open six days a week. Fayette County residents can drop off fluorescent tubes and electronics, like televisions, radios, cell phones and computers, at no cost. A full list of acceptable items, along with center hours, can be found at www.lexingtonky.gov/ecycle.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, 451 Southland Drive, accepts latex paint from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. ReStore recycles the paint into new colors, which they sell.  Proceeds from ReStore benefit Lexington’s Habitat for Humanity.

Latex paint and electronics will be accepted at the April 23 collection. For a complete list of acceptable items, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/hhwevent. The event is for Fayette County residents only and waste from businesses will not be accepted.

The entrance to the collection event will be via Jimmie Campbell Drive. Residents are asked not to arrive earlier than 8:30 a.m., as the contractor and city crews will not be able to service anyone before the event’s start time.

Follow Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiveGreenLex and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LiveGreenLex for updated waiting times on the collection day and other useful information. More information about the household hazardous waste collection and other city services is also available by calling LexCall, 311 or (859) 425-2255.

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