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February 12th, 2009
Area sets waste collection record


Hays County residents are increasingly utilizing a hazardous household waste dumping service offered quarterly by the county, along with the cities of San Marcos and Kyle.

The last such event on Jan. 18 drew 284 residents, who disposed of 37 car batteries, 60 pounds of flourescent bulbs, nine pounds of mercury, 285 gallons of oil, and 110 gallons of antifreeze for recycling. Another major dump-off item was latex paint. Officials said it was the largest such collection to date.

“It will be sorted, bulked and the usable paint will be made available for reuse,” Program Coordinator Jo Secrest said.

In an effort to reduce handling expenses and save money on disposal costs, San Marcos city staff members have received special training on how to properly sort and package hazardous waste products.

The Fire Department HazMat team provided on-site testing and identification of any “unknown” items.  In addition, Texas State student volunteers administered surveys to determine demographic information.

The household hazardous waste facility located at 630 E. Hopkins will be open to the public again on Saturday, April 18, 2009 and Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

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