If you’ve been stockpiling old paint cans, motor oil, batteries or chemicals, load them up for a safe disposal at one of these free, household hazardous waste events.

The Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District will host five mobile events to collect household hazardous waste for residents of 34 participating communities in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties. The goal is to keep dangerous chemicals and products out of the water and landfill to help protect the environment.

Common household hazardous products include paint, paint strippers, varnishes, adhesives and glues, hobby supplies, batteries, motor oil, compact fluorescent light bulbs, antifreeze, lawn and garden chemicals, and pesticides. The chemicals in these products can poison, corrode, explode, or ignite easily when handled improperly. Because of these hazardous qualities, household hazardous waste should never be thrown out with regular trash.

To find an event in cities nationwide, search the Earth 911 database by zip code for an event or facility near you, or check the Environmental Protection Agency state listing of hazardous waste programs.

In the Kansas City metro area, these events are free to participating communities:

 

Smithville Hazardous Waste Collection Event

8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, September 11

Smithville High School, 645 S. Commercial, Smithville, MO

 

Richmond Hazardous Waste Collection Event

8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, September 25

Richmond City Hall, 205 Summit St., Richmond, MO

 

Jackson County/Grain Valley Hazardous Waste Collection Event

8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, October 2

Jackson County Public Works, 34900 E. Old U.S. 40 Highway, Oak Grove, MO

 

Raymore/Belton Hazardous Waste Collection Event

8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, October 30

Eagle Glen Elementary School, 100 S. Foxridge Drive, Raymore, MO

 

Kearney Hazardous Waste Collection Event

8 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, November 13

Mach Porter Park, 1001 N. MO Highway 33, Kearney, MO

Find additional Information on using the Household Hazardous Waste facilities in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit at RecycleSpot.org. Residents of non-participating communities may use the Lee’s Summit facility for a fee.

Photo: Mid-America Regional Council