POLK COUNTY - A household hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dallas.
The event will be held at the Polk County Public Works Facility, 820 SW Ash St. in Dallas.
The event allows area residents the opportunity to dispose of hazardous household chemicals free of charge. Material accepted includes pesticides, herbicides, oil-based paint, poisons, acids, caustic cleaners and other toxic household chemicals.
No batteries or motor oil will be accepted.
Residents who bring mercury fever thermometers to the event can exchange them for a free digital thermometer.
Businesses and farms can also participate, but must preregister by contacting Vince Perez at 1-253-288-2813. They will be charged a small fee for disposal.
"With this event, we are trying to reduce the toxicity of the waste stream, maintain a healthy home environment for the residents of the area, as well as make it safe for firefighters when they are responding to household fires," said Jim Solvedt, environmental health specialist for the Polk County Community Development Department.
The hazardous waste collection day is cosponsored by Polk County and the cities of Dallas, Monmouth, Independence and Salem, with the assistance of the Rickreall Watershed Council.
For more information: 503-623-9237.