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August 26th, 2010
City offers hazardous household waste disposal twice per week

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos has contracted with Guy Guy recycling for two part time employees to operate the household hazardous waste (HHW) collection facility at the city’s traffic yard, 630 East Hopkins Street, on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Residents may now dispose of HHW on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. The public may enter the traffic yard from Hopkins Street across from the “big” H-E-B store.

“Having our HHW facility staffed twice a week will make it more convenient for residents from San Marcos and Hays County to properly dispose of  hazardous materials they have around their homes,” said Interim City ManagerLaurie Moyer.  “It is important to keep such materials out of landfills, wastewater treatment systems and the environment.”

Funds to pay for the part-time staff at the facility were obtained through a grant from the Capital Area Council of Governments.

Items that will be accepted include a maximum of 10 five-gallon buckets, drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, oven cleaners, solvents, polishers, pool chemicals, household batteries, latex and oil based paints, spray paints, thinners, strippers, preservatives, brush cleaners, pesticides, sprays/dusts, weed killers, rat poisons, insecticides, antifreeze, batteries, motor oil and oil filters, brake fluids, transmission fluid, compact fluorescent bulbs and fluorescent light bulbs.

Items that will not be accepted include more than 10 five-gallon buckets, tires, medical wastes, containers larger than five gallons, empty containers, compressed gas cylinders, pharmaceuticals or waste generated by businesses.

The program will also have a limited amount of materials suitable for re-use available to the public. Products in good condition will be available on a first come, first served basis. Examples of products that may be available are latex and oil based paint, caulk, insect spray, fertilizer and cleaners.

The next scheduled drive-through HHW collection morning is Sept. 18, 2010 from 8 a.m. to noon.

The City of San Marcos has sponsored HHW drive through collections once each quarter since 2006. The number of residents served has grown from 406 in the first three years to 1,023 currently, aan increase of 251 percent.

The total pounds of HHW collected has increased from 46,692 pounds in 2006 to 105,577 pounds in 2009.

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