Three household hazardous waste collection events will take place in Deschutes county this summer, giving area residents an opportunity to safely dispose of fluorescent bulbs, paint, swimming pool chemicals, batteries, motor oil and other dangerous materials.

The events ares scheduled to be held at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond on July 13, La Pine High School on July 20 and the Sisters Recycling Center on August 31. All events will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a statement released by Deschutes County.

“This is a great chance for people to get rid of their household hazardous waste, which can be difficult to dispose of in a safe way,” said Timm Schimke, director of solid waste for Deschutes County. “Events like these help people dispose of hazardous items correctly and helps keep them out of the landfill.”

Other items that can be dropped off include: lawn and garden materials, cleaning solutions and small propane tanks. Business-generated hazardous waste, medical waste, explosives, fireworks, compressed gas cylinders and barrels will not be accepted, according to the statement.

Any household can drop off hazardous materials on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Hazardous Waste Facility located at Knott Landfill, 61050 SE 27th Street in Bend, according to Chad Centola, operations manager for the landfill. The next collection date is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Solid Waste at 541-317-3163.

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