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Waco sponsors household hazardous waste collection

Nov. 14, 1997

By Stephen Ratcliff

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

In conjunction with Texas Recyles Day and Baylor's Steppin' Out, the cities of Waco and Woodway will be sponsoring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the City of Waco service building parking lot.

The event gives students an opportunity to dispose of hazardous wastes that are present in their homes and allows for the preservation of landfills that are often filled with harmful materials.

The City of Waco's waste reduction manager, Anna Dunbar, said the purpose for the collection day is three-fold.

'The first pupose for the event is to give residents a free and convenient outlet to dispose of waste that shouldn't go into the trash,' she said. 'A second reason is to keep these materials out of the water supply and drain water, where the chemicals can be harmful to a person's health. Lastly, if an unfortunate incident such as a fire occurred, the situation would not be worsened because of explosive wastes located in the house or garage.'

Vicki Faunce, grant and volunteer coordinator for the City of Woodway, said she believes this weekend also provides a great opportunity for students to play an active role in protecting the environment.

'We will be collecting wastes that can be harmful if kept at home, but can be very helpful if taken and recycled properly,' Faunce said.

Faunce encourages students to stop by the City of Waco Service Building, which is located at 700 S. Loop 340, to dispose of the several household materials that are often not perceived as hazardous.

Items for disposal on Hazardous Household Waste Collection Day:

*used motor oil

*batteries

*brake fluid

*kitchen cleaners

*bathroom cleaners

*stain removers

*drain cleaners

*paint

*paint thinners

*spray cans

Preparation and Transportation Tips:

*leave materials in original containers

*never mix products

*separate different wastes

*if a container is leaking, place it in larger container and use cat litter as an absorbent

*identify unlabeled products

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