Clean sweep and household hazardous waste disposal Oct. 14

LAKE COUNTY — Residents in Lake, Osceola and Mecosta counties will have the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste materials on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The free service is provided and made possible by contributions of many businesses, organizations, foundations and governmental entities in cooperation with the Michigan Water Stewardship Clean Sweep Program.

The collection for Lake County will be from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Wenger Pavilion in downtown Baldwin behind Jones' Homemade Ice Cream.

Pre-registration is required if people have more than 200 pounds of waste for disposal. To obtain a registration form or for more information contact Lake County Michigan State University Extension Office at (231) 745-2732 or email

Acceptable materials include:

• automotive products and fuels such as antifreeze, brake fluid, car wax, contaminated oil, diesel fuel, fuel oil (no tanks), gasoline, kerosene, motor oil (containers must be 5 gallons or smaller), oil/gas mixtures and transmission fluid;

• paint products including artists' paints, deck stain, preservatives, epoxies, glue/adhesives, lead-based paint, oil-based paint, paint strippers, thinners and solvents, turpentine, varnish and sealers;

• yard and garden products such as insect repellents, insect foggers, insect killers, pesticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, mouse/rat poison and herbicides;

• cleaners such as cleaning solvents, dry cleaning solutions, floor/furniture polish, muriatic acid, rust removers, naval jelly, oven cleaners, silver polish and metal polish; and

• miscellaneous items including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, lighter fluids, mercury, moth balls, nail polish remover, pool chemicals, thermometers and thermostats and unused medication.

Unacceptable items are tires, electronics, latex paint, automotive batteries, ammunition or explosives, radioactive materials, cell phones, construction/remodeling waste, appliances and furniture and rechargeable batteries.

Although participation is free, donations are appreciated. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact (231) 796-0909.