Need some motivation to get some spring cleaning done around the house and garage?

Several free events on Saturday let residents – depending on the event – get rid of household hazardous waste products, electronic equipment and large appliances and furniture.

The household hazardous waste collection is in Blue Springs, Independence has an e-waste recycling event, and Keller Williams Platinum Partners in Lee’s Summit is hosting a drop-off of large junk items as well as paper shredding:

• The household hazardous waste collection is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, or until the first 400 vehicles arrive, at Pink Hill Park at 2715 N.W. Park Drive, Blue Springs, just west of James Lewis Elementary School. The event is free to Blue Springs residents as well as those from other communities in the Mid-America Regional Council collection program, including Independence, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, Lee’s Summit and Sugar Creek.

Those dropping off materials are asked to enter the park using Park Road, located on the south side of the park. The collection event is popular, so allow plenty of time. Volunteers will help unload vehicles.

Here are the items that can be dropped off: batteries; paint and paint products (including aerosol cans), varnish, stripper, thinner/turpentine; fluorescent light bulbs; garden and yard products (herbicides, pesticides, sprays, rat poison, weed killers); pool chemicals; automotive fluids such as antifreeze and used motor oil; household cleaners; kerosene and mercury thermometers.

Bring material in its original container if possible, and secure lids. Don’t mix different or unknown substances. If a container is leaking, wrap it in plastic and pack it in a larger container with absorbent material, such as cat litter.

Some items will not be accepted: explosives, tires, asbestos, radioactive waste, yard waste, medical waste and commercial waste.

For more information, contact the MARC recycling information line at 816-474-8326 or visit The Grain Valley event is Oct. 20 at the Jackson County Public Works facility at 34900 E. Old U.S. 40.

• Independence’s E-Waste recycling event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 875 Vista Ave. Area residents can recycle computers, radios, stereos, CD players, small electronics, flat-panel TVs and monitors, printers, cell phones and electronic parts free of charge. There is a $20 fee to recycle CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and a $10 fee recycle CRT computer monitors.

The event is supported by the MARC Solid Waste Management District, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Secure e-Cycle.

• Keller Williams, Paula Voss & Co., Lacey Moore’s Primelending Mortgage and Junkluggers of Kansas City are hosting at Junk, Toss & Shred event 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Keller Williams, 1201 N.E. Windsor Drive, Lee’s Summit. People can drop off large appliances, furniture, mattresses, tires, electronics and other large junk items. Paper shredding also will be offered.

Junkluggers plans to donate and recycle as many items as possible, with donations going to local charities. For more information call 816-305-6173 or 660-864-4815.