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Polk hazardous and electronic waste collection event set for March 9
Polk hazardous and electronic waste collection event set for March 9

Bartow, Florida – How does one go about getting rid of an old television or computer? Or what about a video camera, and the dead batteries that go along with it?

If you're looking for a place to dump your electronic or hazardous waste for free, you'll want to take advantage of the upcoming collection event hosted by Polk County's Waste Resource Management Division and the City of Haines City.

On March 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Polk residents can dispose of any of the following items at the Public Works Utility Complex, 300 N. 5th Street in Haines City:.

  • Cleaners
  • Polishes
  • Solvents
  • Automotive products
  • Aerosol cans
  • Insecticides
  • Disinfectants
  • Paint products
  • Batteries
  • Pool chemicals

Residents can drop off up to five of the following electronic items per household:

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Terminals
  • Televisions
  • Stereos
  • Printers
  • Fax machines\
  • VCR/DVD players
  • Video cameras
  • Video game consoles

If you cannot make the event, the county says they also operate a drop-off facility for these materials at the North Central Landfill located between Lakeland and Winter Haven on Highway 540 (Winter Lake Road). It is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and  from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Business waste will not be accepted, but are encouraged to call Polk County’s Waste Resource Management Division at (863) 284-4319 to learn proper disposal procedures.

For more information, call Betty Cannons at (863) 284-4319 or (863) 499-2689 on Saturday. 

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