Hazardous waste disposal scheduled for area counties

LAKE COUNTY — Residents of Lake, Osceola and Mecosta counties looking to dispose of hazardous materials safely may do so during the annual household hazardous waste disposal day.

The collection will be held on Oct. 12 at a site for each county. Items that will be accepted include oil based paint products (no latex paint), glue, adhesives, pesticides, fertilizers, mercury, household cleaners, used motor oil (accepted in 5 gallon containers or less), florescent light bulbs, unused medication, gasoline and antifreeze, to name but a few.

Each county will have its own collection site. The Lake County collection site will be at the Wenger Pavilion in downtown Baldwin, behind Jones Ice Cream Parlor. The Osceola County collection site will be at the Road Commission North Facility, located at 13353 20 Mile Road in Tustin. The Mecosta County collection site will be at the Mecosta County Fairgrounds, located at 540 West Ave. in Big Rapids. Collection hours are from 9 a.m. to noon.

The disposal is offered free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Pre-registration is only required if more than 200 pounds of waste will be brought for disposal.

For more information and list of unaccepted items, contact the Lake County MSU Extension office at (231) 745-2732, the Osceola-Lake Conservation District at (231) 832-2950, or the Mecosta Conservation District at (231) 796-0909 Ext. 3.