City of Temple to host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
TEMPLE, TX – October 3, 2016 – The City of Temple, in cooperation with Waste Management-Temple Landfill, Temple Iron & Metal, Temple College, Goodwill and the Central Texas Council of Governments, will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, October 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The collection will be held at the Temple Service Center located at 3210 East Avenue H and residents living in Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties are invited to participate.
You may bring any of the following: tile, toilet, oven and drain cleaners; polishes, ammonia, paints, stains, varnishes, paint thinners and/or removers, aerosol spray cans, pesticides, herbicides, insect repellants, fungicides, pool chemicals, automotive batteries, used oil & oil filters, old gasoline, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze and up to 8 passenger tires. A $1.00 surcharge will be placed on each tire over the limit. No tires on rims and no tires larger than 21.5-inch rim dimension. Goodwill will be accepting electronic items with the exception of refrigerators and televisions. Businesses are encouraged to take part in the electronic recycling as well as home owners.
This year the Temple Police Department will be on hand accepting unused and expired medications. Kara Godineaux, Stormwater Program Specialist for the City of Temple, states, “Medications that are flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain flow to our wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove the contaminants associated with medications. These contaminants can return to our water supply and negatively affect our aquatic life and our drinking water. Please be sure to properly dispose of your medications.”
Temple College will be accepting computer towers and laptops. Their Loaner Computer program is designed to help students who are in need of a desktop computer during the semester. Temple College has also undertaken a project to refurbish and redistribute donated PC computers back into the community. Their first concern is to make sure all hard drives have all data removed using a program to totally erase data on the hard drives. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, they are able to obtain Windows operating systems at minimal cost which is then loaded on the systems that go back out into the community through various non-profit organizations. The Temple-Belton Central Texas Housing Consortium has received over 200 systems, helping their clients with computer training and using the systems to improve their lives. Other systems have gone to church groups, and other various organizations including several drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.
This upcoming Household Hazardous Waste collection is an opportunity for residents to dispose of these household hazards properly. The event offers a better alternative to throwing the materials in your household garbage to be disposed of in the landfill or igniting in the garbage truck causing a fire.
PROHIBITED items for this event include: infectious and medical wastes, biological and radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and explosives. No commercial waste will be accepted as this event is for home hazards only, with the exception of electronics.
Funding for this event is being made possible by Waste Management-Temple Landfill and the Central Texas Council of Governments. The City of Temple appreciates the opportunity of being selected to host this type of event for our citizens and surrounding communities.
For more information or questions, you may contact the City of Temple Solid Waste Services at (254) 298-5725 or (254) 931-2487.