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January 19th, 2010
Hazardous waste disposal day scheduled

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A hazardous waste and pharmaceutical collection is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 8 a.m. until noon at the San Marcos city traffic yard, 630 East Hopkins Street. The service is sponsored by City of San Marcos Public Services, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD), Hays County and Home Instead Senior Care.

Residents of San Marcos and Hays County are urged to drop off all outdated toxic chemicals and unused medications. Participants must bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Residents are asked to transport chemicals in the trunks of their cars to the drop-off site and to keep products in their original containers. If a container is broken, the contents should be placed in a container made of the same material with which the original container was made. Participants are warned against combining chemicals.

The materials that will be accepted include the following:

•    Cleaning products such as drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, over cleaners, solvents, polishes, pool chemicals, and household batteries.
•    Paint products, which include latex and oil based paints, spray paints, thinners, strippers, preservatives, brush cleaners, etc.
•    Gardening products like  pesticides, sprays, dusts, weed killers, rat poisons, and insecticides.
•    Automotive products eligible include antifreeze and batteries, motor oil, oil filters, brake fluids, and transmission fluids.
•    Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), fluorescent light bulbs, and pharmaceuticals will also be collected.
•    Expired or no longer used medications.

Items that will not be accepted include tires, containers larger than five gallons, empty containers, compressed gas cylinders or wastes generated by businesses.

This drive-through event will be held rain or shine.

For more information on the event, contact the city’s public services department at (512) 393-8036.

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