Jackson County residents can get rid of their household hazardous wastes at an event this weekend in Grain Valley.


It’s from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the county’s road maintenance facility at 34900 Old U.S. 40 (on the north side of Route AA, about a mile east of Buckner-Tarsney Road).


The event is free for most county residents: those who live in Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Greenwood, Independence, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Levasy, Lone Jack  Sugar Creek, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Lotawana and River Bend, Sibley, Unity Village and unincorporated parts of the county. Residents of Buckner, Grandview, Oak Grove and Raytown – cities that don’t participate in the Mid-America Regional Council household hazardous waste program – have to pay a $75 fee.


Items accepted include automotive and household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, automotive fluids, fuels, paint products, acids/bases and solvents, hobby supplies, herbicides and pesticides, and household and pool chemicals.


Items not taken include medical waste, pressurized gas cylinders, asbestos, tires, explosives, yard waste, garbage, trash or commercial waste.


Officials recommend that residents:


• Bring materials in their original containers if possible (and label materials not in original containers). Make sure lids are tightly sealed.

• Not mix waste together.


• Place leaking containers in a larger plastic container and pack kitty litter around the product to absorb leaks.


• Place products upright in a cardboard box and transports items securely.


• Not carry waste in the back seats of cars with pets or children. (Truck beds and car trunks are the best places to transport waste.)


• Not smoke while transporting hazardous materials.


• Keep flammables out of direct sunlight and away from sources of spark and flame