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04/16/08 - Tyler

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Set for April 26

A typical home can contain a vast array of household hazardous products used for cleaning, painting, beautifying, lubricating and disinfecting the house, yard, workshop and garage.  The chemical-based household products from a single home may seem insignificant; but, when combined with thousands of homes across East Texas the effect becomes a major problem.

All citizens of Smith County and surrounding areas can dispose of their old paint, light bulbs and chemicals at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harvey Hall parking lot located at 2000 W. Front St.  

The Sabine-Neches Resource Conservation & Development Area (RC&D), Keep Tyler Beautiful, the City of Tyler and Smith County are hosting this event and encouraging citizens to utilize this FREE opportunity to be kind to the environment by properly disposing of their hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste is any product labeled: toxic, poison, corrosive, flammable, combustible or irritant. Materials that will be accepted at the event include: chemicals, household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, latex and oil based paints, thinners, any type of battery, motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, old medications, mercury thermometers, aerosols, fluorescent bulbs, lighter fluid and glues.

Items that will NOT be accepted are: tires, medical waste, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, fireworks, biological and radioactive materials. Electronics will not be accepted at this event. However all electronics, including but not limited to computers and televisions, are accepted at any Goodwill Industries drop off location and at the Tyler Recycling Collection Center at 418 N. Bois D'Arc Ave. in downtown Tyler.

Hazardous waste from businesses will NOT be accepted. This is an event for households only. This event is at a temporary location from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday only. DO NOT DUMP WASTE AFTER 2 p.m. because it will be considered illegal dumping.

 "Many people have hazardous waste items sitting in their garage because they don't know how to properly dispose of them," said Cary Hilliard, RC&D chairman. "This event is a unique opportunity for area citizens to get rid of materials that could potentially harm the environment."

Effective Environmental, a disposal company from the Mesquite area, will be on hand to ensure safe and professional handling of all materials that are collected. This will be a "drive-thru" event. Items are inspected, unloaded from people's cars and taken into the receiving area by trained chemists. Materials will be segregated, consolidated and packaged accordingly. 

"Effective Environmental can recycle 75 percent of the hazardous waste collected and the rest is incinerated at an Environmental Protection Agency Resource Conservation Recovery Act permitted facility," said Kristi Boyett, City of Tyler special projects coordinator.

This project is funded by Supplemental Environmental Project funds through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  For more information please contact Boyett at (903) 531-1348.

The mission of the Sabine-Neches RC&D Area is to improve agriculture and industry in East Texas. The group covers an eight county region including: Harrison, Henderson, Gregg, Panola, Smith, Van Zandt, Wood and Upshur. The mission of Keep Tyler Beautiful is to encourage beautification, waste reduction and recycling activities in the community.

Safety Tips for Transporting Hazardous Waste to the Event:

-Bring products in their original containers with a label if possible

-If you don't know what it is, still bring it and label it "unknown"

-Make sure the container is sealed so it doesn't leak in your car

-If the container leaks, put it in a larger container and use cat litter to soak up spills

-Place materials in cardboard boxes with dividers

-Place the items away from the driver and passengers

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