Volusia County’s Solid Waste and Mosquito Control divisions will host a free collection event for household hazardous materials, electronics and tires from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Chisholm Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand.
Residents may drop off old paint, solvents, automobile and household batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, gasoline, electronics, tires, other household chemicals, and up to 10 fluorescent lamps.
Ongoing efforts to reduce mosquito populations include eliminating containers where mosquitoes lay eggs, with old tires being a common culprit. Only residential tires and unmixed household hazardous waste will be accepted, and there is a limit of 20 tires per person.
There is no cost to drop off items. Insulin needles will be accepted in approved containers; the containers will not be returned. Businesses are not eligible for free disposal.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic will be one way, and residents must stay in their cars unless otherwise instructed upon arrival.
In addition to disposing of old tires, the most important steps residents can take to help fight the bite include tipping containers at least weekly to remove standing water, tossing containers not in use, and wearing mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites.
Residents also may bring their household hazardous waste for free disposal year-round to the Tomoka Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange; or the West Volusia Transfer Station, 3151 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The transfer station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Both facilities provide free paint exchange programs and electronic waste recycling.
The tire amnesty, household hazardous waste and electronics drop-off event will be the first in a series of events that are part of the Spring Hill Strive to Thrive initiative, which is focused on community cleanup and assistance for residents in Spring Hill.