Johnston County will hold a one-day household hazardous waste collection early next month to help residents safely rid their homes of potentially dangerous chemicals.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 at the Johnson County Livestock Arena, 520 County Home Road in Smithfield, next to the Johnson County Landfill.
Items that will be accepted include oil-based paints and aerosols, lubricants, solvents, strippers, polishes, waxes, garden and agricultural chemicals from home and farm, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines also will be accepted.
Latex paint will not be accepted because it is water-based and considered nonhazardous. Commercial, industrial or institutional wastes also will not be accepted.
The event is free, but open only to Johnson County residents and limited to 100 pounds of materials per household. For more information, visit the county's website at www.co.johnston.nc.us/ utilities .