TCEQ to collect hazardous waste and recyclables in scheduled pickups

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering rural Texans the opportunity to dispose of banned or unwanted pesticides, household hazardous waste, properly rinsed plastic pesticide containers, used motor oil, oil filters, and lead acid batteries free of charge. The TCEQ will also be exchanging (fever) mercury thermometers for non-mercury (fever) thermometers. The purpose of this collection campaign is to offer rural areas the same recycling opportunities as metropolitan areas. All collections are from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will be held at the following locations: ‘ Wednesday, April 9, Wall’Wall CO-OP Gin Fertilizer Facility (From San Angelo, go 7 miles east on Highway 87, turn south onto Farm Market Road 5769) ‘ Friday, April 11, Mason’City of Mason Recycling Center (From Highway 87, turn east on Cockville Road, then turn south onto Avenue F, located on west side) Household hazardous wastes that will be collected include automotive waste products, such as antifreeze, brake, and transmission fluids; old painting supplies, such as old paint, solvents, varnishes, paint strippers, and wood preservatives; gardening supplies, such as pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, weed killers, and rat poison; and old cleaning supplies, such as polishes, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, concentrated cleaners, moth balls, and cleaning concentrates. All agricultural chemicals will be accepted excluding pesticides or herbicides containing 2,4,5-T – Silvex (quantities less than 5-gallons will be accepted); explosives; compressed gas cylinders; fertilizers or nutrient materials that are neither hazardous nor contain pesticide admixtures; and pesticide or wood preservatives containing pentachlorophenol. Empty plastic pesticide containers must be clean, triple-rinsed, or high-pressure rinsed to be accepted. There is a two-drum limit per participant on oil filter recycling, and filters will not be accepted from businesses that change oil for a fee. Texas Country Cleanup is co-sponsored by the TCEQ’s Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division, Texas Cooperative Extension Service, Texas Department of Agriculture, and USAg Recycling. For more information about these collections, please contact your local county extension agent.

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