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January 12th, 2009
Hazardous household waste drop-off set for Sunday


Do you have an old cell phone or a bin of oven cleaners, polishes or pool chemicals, and you don’t know what to do with them?

That becomes an easy problem to solve this coming Sunday, when local governments are sponsoring a drive-through household hazardous waste collection.

Hays County residents can take their old household poisons to the City of San Marcos traffic yard Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon. The traffic yard is located on East Hopkins Street across from the big H-E-B.

The cities of San Marcos and Kyle, along with Hays County, are sponsoring the collection, at which residents can drop off outdated toxic chemicals. Residents won’t have to leave their vehicles as they leave their outdated supplies. However, proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, is required.

“We want to encourage our citizens to dispose of toxic materials properly,” said Jo Secrest, San Marcos Public Services Program Coordinator.

Residents are asked to transport chemicals in their car trunks and keep products in their original containers. If a container is broken, the contents should be placed in a container of the same material. The sponsors instruct that chemicals are not to be combined.

Materials that will be accepted include:

Cleaning products – Drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, oven cleaners, solvents, polishes, pool chemicals, and household batteries.

Paint products – Latex and oil based paints, spray paints, thinners, strippers, preservatives, brush cleaners, etc.

Gardening products – Pesticides, sprays, dusts, herbicides (weed killers) rat poisons, and insecticides.

Automotive products – Antifreeze, batteries, motor oil, oil filters, brake fluids, and transmission fluids.

Cell phones and rechargeable batteries also will be accepted. However, the sponsors said they can’t accept tires, electronic waste (computer products, televisions, etc.) containers larger than five gallons, medical wastes, empty containers, compressed gas cylinders or wastes generated by businesses.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the City of San Marcos Public Services Department at (512) 393-8036.

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0 thoughts on “Hazardous household waste drop-off set for Sunday

  1. I’m glad the city and county are taking this step. I would like to suggest that it would be more effective if they established other drop off times including weekdays.

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