As winter ends and gives way to spring, prepare for the good weather by collecting household hazardous waste and recyclables as part of your spring-cleaning! This year, Blanco County, thanks in part to a grant provided by the Capital Area Council of Governments, will offer a county-wide household hazardous waste collection event at the IESI Transfer Station located at 377 Transfer Road, Johnson City, Texas. The event will be from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 16, 2011. Household quantities of tires (up to 24 inches), lead acid and rechargeable batteries, electronics (including cell phones, telephones, computers, and televisions), motor oil, latex and oil based paint, antifreeze, and household chemicals will be accepted. Household chemicals include cleaning products, automotive maintenance, and home and garden supplies. In addition, large household trash items including construction debris, carpet, and old appliance will be accepted.
This event is intended to manage and dispose of household recyclables and hazardous wastes in Blanco County. Proper disposal of household hazardous wastes will aid in preserving natural resources, protecting watersheds, and supporting the overall appearance of the region. Household hazardous wastes (HHW) are items found in homes that, when disposed of improperly, can cause injury to individuals or harm to the environment. Trash collectors and landfill operators are directly at risk when handling HHW and the public is often not aware of potentially dangerous materials sometimes found with other solid waste items. In addition, HHW contaminate the ground and surface water by leaking out of garbage cans, seeping into drainage systems, and, eventually entering the area water supply through runoff. Without proper disposal, HHW can serve as a threat to public servants, residents, and wildlife within a community.
Often, citizens are unaware of the risks and dangers associated with HHW and are unfamiliar with the damages these materials can cause to human, plant, and animal life. To aid in the public safety, ensure water supply quality, and guarantee the overall protection of the environment, Blanco County administrators, in conjunction with the Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District , Keep Blanco Beautiful, Lower Colorado River Authority, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Cities of Blanco and Johnson City are working to develop an ongoing, sustainable household recyclable and hazardous waste collection program for the citizens of Blanco County.
So mark your calendars for April 16 and gather your household hazardous materials as well as tires, paint, and large household trash items. Spread the word to friends and neighbors and keep an eye on your local newspaper for a more detailed event flyer with a complete list of items accepted at the event. Community involvement is an important key to keeping Blanco County communities clean and safe. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation or volunteering, contact Tessa Doehrman at 830-868-6082 or Paul Granberg at 830-833-1077.