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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Area residents can dispose of bulky junk items and hazardous household waste at the spring cleanup event hosted by the Central Texas Council of Governments and Copperas Cove on April 27.

“We want to give residents the opportunity to get rid of these hazardous items in the proper way,” said Silvia Rhoads, Cove recycling coordinator and Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful executive director.

The cleanup has a dual purpose, Rhoads said, to give residents a chance to get rid of the junk in their garages and attics and to curtail illegal dumping of materials that harm the environment. Due to funding limitations, Cove has not had a hazardous waste cleanup in three years.

Household hazardous wastes include pesticides, liquid cleaners, paint, used motor oil, car batteries, antifreeze and electronics. Medical waste, however, cannot be accepted at this time, according to the city.

“The cleanups have been really successful in keeping these dangerous items out of our landfills and creek beds,” said Cheryl Maxwell, Central Texas Council of Governments’ regional planner.

Each year, the Central Texas Council of Governments helps fund hazardous waste cleanups for select cities within seven different Central Texas counties through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grants.

What’s accepted

Nonhazardous items accepted at the cleanup include bulk trash, old furniture, yard debris, scrap metal, appliances and recyclables and up to seven tires, off the rim. Subsequent tires will incur a fee.

Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners must have Freon components removed by a licensed professional before being disposed of, Rhoads said.

All residents of Coryell, Bell, Lampasas, Hamilton, Mills, Milam and San Saba counties can participate in the cleanup at no charge by bringing their items to the Cove waste department, 2605 S. Farm-to-Market 116, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27.

“Please bring proof of residence in the form of a utility bill, driver’s license or tax statement,” Rhoads said.

For more information, call (254) 547-4242.

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