(Orange, Texas)

May 15, 2014

Hazardous waste collection event set for Saturday

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

BRIDGE CITY — If you have an array of potentially hazardous products and chemicals and you are unsure how to dispose of those items, then a special event this Saturday may be just what you need.

The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17 in the parking lot of Bridge City Intermediate School, located behind Bridge City Elementary at 1029 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City.

“We used to do this event twice a year, but our funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) got cut a couple of years ago, so now we only have enough funding to do it just once per year,” said Bob Dickinson of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission. “But it’s open to everyone in the three county area, so if you live in Orange County, Jefferson County or Hardin County, then you can take part in this.”

In 2013, Dickinson said the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event was held in Silsbee. It was last held in Orange County in 2011 when the collection location was stationed in Vidor.

“We are doing it at Bridge City Intermediate School this year because it is a big location that is easy to get into and out of,” Dickinson added.

Dickinson said the collection event is strictly for individuals and not businesses. He knows people accumulate items that cannot be readily disposed of and the more locations you have, then the more potentially hazardous items you have.

“The typical household has approximately 100 pounds of hazardous chemicals and items,” he explained. “People keep all kinds of stuff under the sink, but think about how much stuff you have if you have a garage or even a storage building.”

Dickinson said a variety of items may be brought to the school and disposed of, including a variety of automobile items such as anti-freeze, brake fluid, used oils and oil filters, car batteries and other automotive waste products.

Painting supplies, solvents, varnishes, paint strippers, as well as wood preservatives may be disposed of on Saturday, along with gardening supplies such as pesticides and insecticides, fertilizers and weed killers.

Batteries, cleaning concentrates, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, polishes, rat poison, moth balls, mercury and tires are being accepted as well. The first eight tires may be disposed of at no charge. However, there is a fee of $1 per tire after the first eight tires.

Although many items are being accepted at Saturday’s hazardous waste collection event, items such as electronics and appliances will not be accepted. Other items not on the collection list include scrap metal, smoke detectors, garbage, explosives or ammunition, medical waste, medications and pharmaceuticals.

“We try to accommodate people the best we can, but we can’t take everything,” Dickinson said. “But this event is a big help to a lot of people and to the environment, and we think it will be really successful again this year.”