City of Ocala special waste amnesty day is Saturday, April 23

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Posted April 8, 2022 | By Ocala Gazette Staff

The City of Ocala, in partnership with Green For Life (GFL), will conduct a special waste amnesty day on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a city press release on April 5.

The collection site is located at Northeast 14th Street and Northeast Eighth Avenue in Ocala.

“This annual collection day allows residents to safely dispose of items from their homes,” said the release, adding that previous collection days for the city have resulted in approximately 20,000 pounds of materials remaining out of landfills and city water systems.

“GFL and the City are committed to protecting the environment though special waste amnesty days through the year,” the release continued.

Regularly scheduled residential waste collection does not permit pick up of special waste, according to the city, which consists of household hazardous waste and electronics, justifying the need for a special waste amnesty day.

Examples of acceptable hazardous waste items for collection on April 23 include:

  • Lawn and garden chemicals
  • Paint, paint thinners and gasoline
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Used oil and filters
  • Auto batteries
  • Pool chemicals
  • Aerosol cans

Examples of acceptable electronic items for collection on April 23 include:

  • Answering machines
  • Battery chargers
  • Computers, keyboards and monitors
  • Small copiers, printers and fax machines
  • CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players
  • Stereos and televisions
  • Cell phones, PDAs and scanners

Special waste from businesses will not be collected.

For more information, call the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at (352) 351-6697.