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October 26th, 2011
Free household hazardous waste collection on Saturday


Residents of San Marcos and Hays County are invited to drop off outdated toxic chemicals and unused medications during a free drive-through Household Hazardous Waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The collection will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at City Hall, 630 East Hopkins Street in the traffic yard, across from the large H-E-B. Entry is through the City Hall parking lot. Please bring proof of residency (driver’s license or utility bill).

Residents are encouraged to drop off outdated toxic chemicals, paints and other hazardous materials in the drive through event. Please keep products in their original containers and transport them in the trunk of the vehicle.

Residents may also dispose of outdated medicines. The program is aimed at protecting residents from accidently using expired medicines and preventing improper disposal. No medications should be flushed into the wastewater system.

If a container is broken, the contents should be placed in a container of the same material. Do not combine chemicals.

Materials that will be accepted include:

•Cleaning products: drain cleaners, concentrates, degreasers, over 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, weed killers, rat poisons, and insecticides.
•Automotive products: antifreeze and batteries, motor oil, oil filters, brake fluids, and transmission fluids
•A maximum of 10 – five gallon buckets
•CFL’s, fluorescent and light bulbs
•Expired or no longer used medications

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

Participants are also invited to visit the reuse store located at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

Many new or slightly used items are brought to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Instead of disposing of them, the facility gives them to residents who can use them.
Items are free, and may include:

•Automotive Fluids
•Cleaning Products
•Other Household Chemicals

The San Marcos-Hays County HHW Collection and Reuse Center is also open every Tuesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the traffic yard for free disposal by San Marcos and Hays County residents.

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