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October 22nd, 2009
Hazardous waste disposal this weekend


The coming weekend marks another hazardous waste disposal day for Hays County residents.

In addition to the “drive though” hazardous waste collection at San Marcos City Hall, 630 East Hopkins Street, the Hays County Precinct 4 Recycling Center at 20290 FM 150 will take unwanted tires.

Hays County residents may drop off hazardous waste from 8 a.m. until noon at the City Traffic Yard at City Hall. All participants should bring proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license or a utility bill.

Residents are asked to transport chemicals in the trunks of their cars. Since this is a drive-through event, people will stay in their vehicles. The city’s public services department and San Marcos Fire Rescue will be there to assist in the collection.

Cleaning products, outdated toxic chemicals, lighting products, pesticides, herbicides, rat poisons, anti-freeze, batteries, motor oil, brake and transmission fluids, as well as cell phones and rechargeable batteries will be accepted.

The drive-though hazardous waste disposal at City Hall cannot accept tires. However, Hays County is giving residents the opportunity for free disposal of tires at the recycling center Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The tires will be recycled.

The county is working in conjunction with the nonprofit Central Texas Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc., which is supplying grant money from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

“Unused tires can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rodents and snakes and are so durable they remain unchanged and take up large amounts of space virtually forever in a landfill,” said Jerry Pinnix, Hays County’s Director of Recycling. “However, tires can be successfully reused in a number of ways, as well as shredded and recycled into outdoor furniture, road and landscaping materials and other products.”

Residents can bring up to 10 unwanted tires (20 inches or smaller rim size) per household. If a householder has more than 10 tires, a $2 fee will be charged for the additional tires.

“After evaluating the success of this event, we’ll look at the possibility of having similar tire recycling days in other areas of the county,” said Pinnix.

For more information on tire recycling, contact the Hays County Recycling Department at (512) 393-2212.

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