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Household mobile collection event May 28 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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North county residents can safely dispose of unwanted household electronics and chemicals at an upcoming free household mobile collection event on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the North County Satellite Site at 29582 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater.

Residents can drop off electronics such as cellphones, computers, TVs, power supplies, monitors and rechargeable batteries (remove from device, place device in garbage). Chemical items accepted include automotive fluids, rechargeable batteries, fuel, paint, cleaning supplies, pesticides and fluorescent bulbs, along with other mercury-containing devices.

Residents should not mix chemicals together or place them in dark plastic bags and should keep products in original, labeled containers when possible. Individual 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, radioactive, biological or infectious waste, fire extinguishers, tires and propane tanks.

The event is subject to change in the event of severe weather. For everyone’s safety, participants must remain in a vehicle when dropping off materials.

Residents are also encouraged to use Pinellas County’s Household Electronics and Chemicals Collection Center (HEC₃) at 2855 109 Ave. N. in St. Petersburg to safely dispose of their electronic and chemical items. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses can participate in the mobile collection events for a fee. Businesses can arrange for drop-off and payment by calling U.S. Ecology at (813) 319-3400.

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/recycle.