Many area residents can drop off household hazardous wastes at an event this Saturday at Pink Hill Park.

It's open to residents of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, Sibley, Levasy, Buckner and unincorporated areas of Jackson County. It's part of the Mid-America Regional Council's annual household hazardous waste program.

The event is from 8 a.m. to noon at the park, which is at 2715 N.W. Park Drive (near Burr Oak Woods). It's limited to the first 300 vehicles. MARC is holding a dozen such events this year, though the only one left in Eastern Jackson County is in Grain Valley in October. Those events are open to residents of all cities in the MARC program, such as Independence and Sugar Creek.

Materials collected include paint and related products, lawn-and-garden chemicals, batteries, automotive fluids such as motor oil, glues and adhesives, house-cleaning chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs – all items that cannot be put out with a home's regular trash.

Electronic waste items are not accepted. Neither is business waste, and that includes home-based businesses, nonprofits, churches and rental-property owners.

Residents of participating cities also can take hazardous household wastes to two permanent facilities. One, at 4707 Deramus St. in the east bottoms of Kansas City, is open Thursday through Saturday. The other, at 2101 S.W. Hamblen Road in Lee's Summit, is open the first Saturday of the month and the third Wednesday, and an appointment is needed. Call 816-623-3066.

Participating cities in Eastern Jackson County are Independence, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Sugar Creek, Lake Tapawingo and Lone Jack. Also, Jackson County participates, so residents of unincorporated areas can use the service as well.