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A closer look: helping the region manage household hazardous waste

Monday, March 04, 2013

HHW

With the average home potentially containing as much as 100 pounds of environmentally harmful products, promoting responsible household hazardous waste management is a primary goal of CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Program. Here’s a closer look at how CAPCOG makes it happen.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients. Products such as paints, thinners, varnishes, cleaners, oils, batteries, cellphones, automotive fluids, pool chemicals and bug and weed killers may be considered HHW. These products are labeled “DANGER,” “WARNING,” “CAUTION,” “TOXIC,” “CORROSIVE,” “FLAMMABLE” or “POISON” and may prove harmful to people, pets and the environment when used, stored or discarded improperly.

> Explore CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Program or household hazardous waste

CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Program maintains the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan, which provides a structure for solid waste planning in the region. A key goal? Encouraging local and regional HHW collection and diversion programs.

To that end, CAPCOG promotes (1) coordination of public and private partnerships to share costs and provide services, (2) development of collection programs that encourage permanent reuse facilities and (3) cost-efficient collection programs other than one-day events.

CAPCOG also manages pass-through grants provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which may fund permanent HHW collection facilities or one-day collection events where permanent facilities aren’t available.

CAPCOG facilitates the regional plan’s goals and objectives through the Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) and the CAPCOG Solid Waste Program. Committee participants help establish and promote priorities for solid waste planning, including HHW initiatives.

During the last funding cycle, the SWAC approved support for three upcoming HHW initiatives: Burnet County HHW and tire collection, scheduled April 20, 2013; a new City of Lakeway HHW Facility; and a Bastrop County HHW education and collection event on May 4.

> Learn more about the 2012-13 solid waste grant awards

CAPCOG’s 10-county region includes four permanent facilities that accept household hazardous waste from residents:

  • City of Austin HHW Facility, 2514 Business Center Drive, 512-974-4343 — Free to city of Austin and Travis County residents; fee charged to other residents.
  • Williamson County Recycle Center, 495 County Road 156, at FM 971, Georgetown, 512-869-7287 — Free to Georgetown and Hutto residents; fee to Williamson and Burnet county residents.
  • City of San Marcos HHW Facility, 630 E. Hopkins St., 512-393-8440 — Free to Hays County residents.
  • City of Round Rock Recycling Facility, 310 Deepwood Drive, 512-218-5559 — Free to Round Rock Water utility customers with copy of Round Rock Water utility bill and a driver’s license.

> For more information, contact Ken May, CAPCOG's solid waste program manager

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