Waste not

Waste not

The South East Texas Regional Planning Commission is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Scrap Tire Collection Event next Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student parking lot of the Vidor High School at 500 Orange Street in Vidor, the agency recently announced.

During this free event, SETRPC is collecting items that could cause damage to person's health or the environment if the items are disposed of improperly.  Scrap tires will also be collected during this event. There is no charge for a participant’s first eight tires; there will be a $1 charge for each additional tire after the first eight however.

According to information from SETRPC, the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) targeted in the campaign is defined as home-generated materials that include products such as paints, paint thinners, solvents, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, automotive waste, cleaning agents, swimming pool chemicals, photographic materials, batteries, mercury containing items and fluorescent bulbs.

Further information from the regional group states that Americans generate 1.6 million tons of HHW per year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of HHW in garages, attics and storage closets. Improper disposal of household products harms the environment and may endanger human health.

During the free collection events held multiple times annually, SETRPC acquires items that could pose health and environmental risks if disposed of improperly. Materials not accepted during these events include general trash, electronic waste, appliances, pesticides or herbicides containing 2,4,5-T Silvex (exception: quantities less than 5 gallons will be accepted), explosives, compressed gas cylinders, fertilizers or nutrient materials that are neither hazardous nor contain pesticides, admixtures and pesticides or wood preservatives containing pentachlorophenol.