The City of Fort Collins' Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is coming up and it's the perfect time to get rid of those hazardous items.

The best part? It's totally free.

It's happening Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Streets Facility, 625 Ninth St. (map).

However, there is a list of items they take.

It includes:

  • pesticides
  • painting products
  • household batteries
  • fluorescent bulbs
  • cleaning and automotive products
  • vitamins and supplements
  • personal care products (hair products, lotions)
  • mercury-containing items (thermostat and appliance switches, thermometers, button-shaped batteries)

"Spring Back Colorado mattress recyclers also will collect mattresses and box springs for $15/each (cash or charge). More information: SpringBackCO.org." -The City of Fort Collins

Items not accepted (visit fcgov.com/AtoZ for disposal options):

  • tires
  • e-waste
  • asbestos
  • explosives
  • pharmaceuticals
  • bio-waste (needles, bandages)
  • commercial and industrial waste

According to The City of Fort Collins press release for the event, you should store acids and oxidizers separately, away from each other and other hazardous products.

"In addition to being poisonous to humans and wildlife, hazardous wastes can be explosive, highly flammable and corrosive. Do not dispose of hazardous wastes by pouring them down a sink or storm drain or by tossing them into the trash. Wastewater treatment plants and sanitary landfills are not designed to handle this waste." -The City of Fort Collins

There will be a second event this year as well, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at the same location.