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Free north county electronics, chemical drop-off May 16th, 9 a.m.-noon

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Residents are invited to a free collection of old electronics and chemicals in north Clearwater on Saturday, May 16.

The collection takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting, at the Solid Waste North County Satellite Site at 29582 U.S. 19 N., behind the North County Government Center, south of Curlew Road.

At this and other collections offered by Pinellas County Solid Waste, residents can drop off these electronics: cellphones, tablets, computers (laptop and desktop), monitors and televisions.

Chemical items accepted include automotive fluids, rechargeable batteries, fuel, paint and fluorescent bulbs along with other mercury containing devices. For everyone’s safety, participants must be in a vehicle.

Residents should not mix chemicals together or place them in dark plastic bags and should keep products in original, labeled containers if possible. Individual rechargeable batteries should be placed in separate plastic bags or have terminals covered with heavy tape to prevent short-circuits.

Items that will not be accepted include air conditioning units and other large appliances, CD/DVD players, radioactive, biological or infectious waste, fire extinguishers, tires and propane tanks.

The next scheduled collection is Saturday, Sept. 12, at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center in St. Petersburg. For more information on mobile collections including a full list of accepted items, instructions on how to transport chemicals and future dates, visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/mobile.htm.

Businesses can participate in the mobile collection events for a fee. Businesses can arrange for drop-off and payment by calling EQ Florida at (813) 319-3400 for chemicals and electronics.

Household mobile collections are offered by Pinellas County Solid Waste throughout the year at a variety of locations. Mobile collections are subject to change or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather.