Hazardous Waste Collection

Hundreds of East Texans took advantage of a chance to get rid of some of their junk. It was part of Earth Day observation in Tyler. A free hazardous waste collection was held on the TJC campus. Car, after car, waited in lines that stretched for blocks in all directions.

Hundreds of people dropped off anything from old paint cans, to car batteries, to computers that don't work anymore. The event was free to the public, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  "That money is funneled through RC&D to be used in Smith County and Tyler, and everybody has really worked hard to get this done, and it's working out really well," said Sabine Neches RC&D chairman Jim Allison.

"I have some old paint that was in the garage, and some turpentine, and that kind of hazardous thing, and its very dangerous because of fire hazard in a garage so, I'm trying to get rid of it," said Maria Crossman.

If you didn't make it to today's event, but have something that needs to be disposed of, call your city or county. They'll be able to point you in the right direction, depending on what the item is.

Lindsay Wilcox reporting, lwilcox@kltv.com