Local recycling officials are hoping to lift some of the community's unwanted heavy metals this weekend.
Elemental mercury is the focus of today's household hazardous waste collection event. In addition to the usual paints, pesticides, and household cleaners, officials hope people also will drop off their unwanted mercury.
Among the items accepted: thermometers, mercury switches, thermostats, old blood pressure cuffs, barometers and vials of free-flowing mercury.
The collection event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon at the Lawrence-Douglas County Household Hazardous Collection Facility, which is located inside the county's public works yard, 711 E. 23rd.
The facility accepts the mercury items during all collection events, but getting them in this month will allow officials to take advantage of disposal through a program conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
And that means no disposal fees for local government units.