The public is invited to an open house Thursday, August 24 for the City’s new permanent facility for the disposal of hazardous waste from households and small businesses. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will host the event from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hazardous Materials Collection Center (HMCC), 5101 N. 48th Street. No hazardous materials will be collected at the open house. The first collection date will be Wednesday, October 4.
“The Health Department’s mission is to protect and to promote the public’s health and that is exactly what this new community asset will do,” said Scott Holmes, Manager of Environmental Public Health at LLCHD. “The HMCC will provide access to safe and legal hazardous waste recycling and disposal for area residents and small businesses year round.”
Construction of the HMCC was funded in part by the City of Lincoln with support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. At the open house, the public will have the opportunity to tour the new facility and see how hazardous waste is safely and legally managed for proper recycling and disposal.
The HMCC will accept hazardous waste by appointment only from households on the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month. Residents can call 402-441-8021 to make an appointment. Small businesses can call that number to see if they qualify for disposal services. Callers will be asked to identify the types and amounts of waste they plan to bring. Residents may also schedule appointments at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).
With the opening of the new facility, fewer household hazardous waste mobile collection events will be offered. The new HMCC will accept the same materials collected at the mobile events. That includes items that contain mercury (CFLs, thermometers), pesticides, household cleaning products, paint thinners, stains, oil-based paint, pool cleaning chemicals and mixed or old gasoline. A complete list of accepted items is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: household).
The HMCC does not accept latex paint, motor oil, fertilizers, gas grill cylinders, medicines and pharmaceutical waste, electronics and batteries. For information on recycling these and other materials, check the “Waste Reduction and Recycling Guide” at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: recycle guide).