A drop-off for household hazardous wastes is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs.

The items are taken for free. They are things that are not supposed to go with the regular trash because chemicals in them are corrosive or poisonous, or can explode or easily burn.

The Mid-America Regional Council says those include paint, paint strippers, varnishes, adhesives and glues, hobby supplies, batteries, motor oil, compact fluorescent light bulbs, antifreeze, lawn and garden chemicals, and pesticides. The event is open to individuals, not businesses.

You don’t have to be a Blue Springs resident to take part in the event. MARC has these events throughout the year and opens them to any residents of participating cities, including Grain Valley, Independence, Lake Lotawana and Lake Tapawingo, along with most other Missouri-side metro cities.

There also are permanent household hazardous waste collection sites at 4707 Deramus in the East Bottoms in Kansas City (816-513-8400) and in 2101 S.E. Hamblen Road in Lee’s Summit (816-623-3066). Bring an ID to prove your city of residency.