City of Georgetown offers household hazardous waste collection vouchers

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The city of Georgetown initiated a new program in July for collection of household hazardous wastes, according to a news release.

Residents may request a collection voucher from the city to take household hazardous waste—such as antifreeze, fertilizer, motor oil, paint, pesticides, pool chemicals or solvents—to a facility in Round Rock, the release said.

The city of Round Rock offers household hazardous waste collection on the first Wednesday of each month from 3-6 p.m. at the recycling center, located at 310 Deepwood Drive, Round Rock, the release said.

Residents seeking a voucher can email Georgetown Customer Care at hhw@georgetown.org.

What is household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste products should never be poured out on the ground, down the drain, or put out for collection with regular household garbage. Improper disposal can contaminate groundwater and drinking water and injure those who come into contact with the waste since they are ignitable, corrosive, toxic or reactive.

Household hazardous waste products are often labeled with words such as caution, toxic, poison, corrosive, or danger. Examples include:

  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Art and hobby chemicals
  • Automotive products
  • Fluorescent lights (tubes or CFLs)
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants
  • Mercury (from thermometers, thermostats)
  • Motor oil or transmission fluid
  • Paints and stains, especially oil based
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Vehicle batteries (wet cell)

The city of Round Rock household hazardous waste collection site does not accept vehicle tires, mattresses, appliances, explosives, medical waste or radioactive materials, the release said.

Find out more about the new household hazardous waste vouchers or solid waste and recycling programs at http://recycle.georgetown.org.

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Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.
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