By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
The Central Texas Council of Governments is holding the first of hopefully at least three household hazardous waste cleanup days at the Bell County Expo Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
"If you put (hazardous waste) in the trash it goes into the landfills... and that gets into our water ways," said Beth Correa, CTCOG Environmental Waste Coordinator.
Residents from Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills and San Saba counties can bring household hazardous waste to the Expo Center for proper disposal, CTCOG information stated.
Residents must show a proof of residency and a valid driver's license, Correa said.
Paints, automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners, household chemicals, pesticides, flammables, corrosives and other hazardous household products will be accepted at the site, CTCOG information stated.
Tires will be collected as well, Correa said. Each vehicle will be allowed to bring eight tires, before getting charged $1 for each additional tire. Businesses will not be allowed to dispose of tires.
While a lot of materials will be accepted, some items will not, Correa said.
Prohibited items include infectious and medical wastes, biological and radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and explosives.
About 220 residents participated in the last CTCOG cleanup day, Correa said. About 250 residents are expected to drop off items in Belton today.
Correa said collection sites in Copperas Cove and Temple are expected later this year.
The solid waste advisory committee, which is made up of members from CTCOG's seven-county region, select the cities where the event will be located each year, Correa said.
"They try to spread it through those counties, and that is why we have three events a year," Correa said.
The cleanup is funded through a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant.
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