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Don't pour that unused bleach or other cleaners down the drain. The York County Solid Waste Authority will take household hazardous materials off your hands.

The authority will host a free collection program on Saturday in Manchester Township. The cost for the program is being covered by tipping fees collected at the resource recovery center and a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to a news release from the authority.

Items that will be collected include drain cleaners, bleach, gasoline, chemistry kits, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fluorescent light bulbs, kerosene and rechargeable batteries, photographic and pool chemicals, driveway sealant and household cleansers.

A licensed commercial hauler will take the collected materials to hazardous waste sites for recycling.

Paint, turpentine, paint thinners, varnish and paint removers need not be brought to the collection. Those items can be put out on the curb for regular trash pickup.

Mercury: The authority is offering an added incentive to residents looking to offload items containing mercury, such as a thermostat, thermometer or elemental mercury.

Each resident who brings in a mercury item will receive a $5 Lowe's gift card in an effort to keep mercury from entering the water supply. Covanta York Renewable Energy, the operator of the authority’s waste-to-energy facility, partnered with the authority to offer the gift card exchange. There's a limit of one gift card per household.

Mercury is a neurotoxin and can be extremely hazardous to one's health. It can cause headaches; changes in nerve responses; tremors; emotional changes, such as mood swings and irritability; neuromuscular changes, such as weakness and twitching; and poor mental function, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Higher exposures to metallic mercury can cause kidney effects, respiratory failure and death.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.

If you go

The household hazardous waste collection program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Woodland View York, 915 Woodland View Drive in Manchester Township.

If you can't make the event on Saturday, there's an option to have household hazardous materials collected at your curb. A resident can schedule two pickups per home, per year and can also request up to two kit bags, to fill with materials, per pickup.

A $15 co-pay is charged. To schedule a collection, or for more information, call 800-449-7587 or go to www.wmatyourdoor.com.

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