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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Waste amnesty for electronics, hazardous waste in Ocala

The City of Ocala, in partnership with Green For Life, will host a special Waste Amnesty Day on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of NE 14th Street and NE 8th Avenue.

During the event, special waste consisting of household hazardous waste and electronics will be collected. Neither of these types of waste is permitted to be picked up with the regularly scheduled residential waste collection.

Special waste from businesses will not be collected, according to the city.

This annual collection day allows for residents to safely dispose of items from their homes. Previous collection days have resulted in approximately 30,000 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.
  • Auto batteries.
  • Pool chemicals.
  • Aerosol cans.

Examples of electronic items that will be accepted include:

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

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