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Ocala and Green For Life to host special waste amnesty day on April 24

The City of Ocala, in partnership with Green For Life, is preparing to conduct a special waste amnesty day.

The event will be held Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The collection site will be located at N.E. 14th Street and N.E. Eighth Avenue.

Special waste consists of household hazardous waste and electronics. Neither of these types of waste are permitted to be picked up with regularly scheduled residential waste collection. Special waste from businesses will not be collected.

This annual collection day allows residents to safely dispose of items from their home. Previous collection days for the city have resulted in approximately 20,000 pounds of materials remaining out of landfills and city water systems.

Examples of hazardous waste items that will be accepted include:

  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Paint, paint thinners and gasoline
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Used oil and filters
  • Sharps containers
  • Auto batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • Aerosol cans

Examples of electronic items accepted:

  • Answering machines
  • Battery chargers
  • Computers, keyboards and monitors
  • Small copiers, printers and fax machines
  • CD/DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Stereos and televisions
  • Cell phones, PDAs and scanners

For more information, call the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at (352) 351-6697.