By Sean Wardwell
Killeen Daily Herald
Disposing of household hazardous waste can be a challenge. However, the city of Killeen and the Central Texas Council of Governments are joining forces to help residents get rid of these materials in a safe and responsible way.
On March 3, residents can drop off household cleaners, pesticides, paints, automotive liquid, televisions, computers and other items not fit for landfills at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
An event like this is important because it gets hazardous materials out of the waste stream, said Peter DiLillo, manager of the Killeen recycling center.
Beth Correa, regional planner for hazardous waste and economic development at the Central Texas Council of Governments in Belton, helps administer the hazardous recycling program through her organization's seven-county region.
"Our solid waste advisory committee meets quarterly, and their No. 1 priority is household hazardous waste," she said, adding that funding cuts have reduced the number of disposal events from three or four a year to two in 2012.
"Killeen has been extremely generous this go-around," said Correa. "In fact, the first event will be in Killeen. Then, on April 14, we'll be in Lampasas."
Killeen budgeted $20,000 to participate in the hazardous waste recycling program, according to information from City Hall.
In additional to its tangible benefits, Killeen spokesperson Hilary Shine said sponsoring and participating in these events helps grow the city's image.
"It's important to participate in the regional events," she said. "We're able to get more bang for our buck in the region."
If you go
The regional hazardous waste disposal event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.
All waste should be carefully loaded into vehicles and placed in original containers with the original label, if possible. Leaking containers should be placed in a spill-proof container or bag.
Prohibited materials include explosives, medical waste, radioactive material, compressed glass cylinders and commercial tires. For a complete list of accepted materials, go to http://www.killeentexas.gov/index.php?section=111.
For more information, call Killeen's recycling center at (254) 554-7572.