The Mansfield Environmental Services Department and Keep Mansfield Beautiful are hosting the first Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff of the year March 15 at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St. Collection of materials will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., or when the trailers are full.
For a full list of items taken, follow the link on the city’s homepage for HHW Collection at http://mansfield-tx.gov.
For residents who have paint only, please try one of these alternatives:
• For full to half full gallons of paint – Use Craigslist.org or freecycle.org to give the paint away. Many people are willing to take unused paint.
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• For full to half full gallons of paint – Try to contact local mission and charity groups to see if they can use unused paint.
• For less than half full gallons or old latex paint that is no longer usable– Try mixing sand, cat litter, saw dust or any other absorbent material with the paint, let it set until dry, then place at the curb on a regular collection day. Once paint is dry, it can be placed in a landfill without causing harm. However, wet paint cannot be placed in a landfill.
Household hazardous wastes can include auto fluids, household cleaners, unused fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that have the potential to be harmful. Paints, thinners, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and photo and pool chemicals also fall into this category.
Responsible disposal of these products is provided year round by taking the materials to the Environmental Collection Center at 6400 Bridge St. in Fort Worth. Call ahead for hours and to make sure your material will be taken at (817) 871-5257. HHW materials should not be placed in with garbage, poured down a sink, poured out in the street or dumped off the side of the road. These actions can lead to exposure causing harm to the person who comes upon these items.
Over the past few years several Republic Services employees have been injured when a container of acid was placed in the regular garbage and exploded during the compaction processing, leading to burns. Please do not place material with a label listing them as hazardous in garbage or recycling containers.
In addition to these products, residents can also bring used computer equipment for collection. Goodwill Inc. and Double Eagle Services will again be on site to erase hard drives for secure disposal. Electronic equipment should be kept out of landfills because of the metals and other potential pollutants contained in the equipment.
The city will also be collecting used cooking oil for its fry oil to fuel program. The used cooking the city collects is processed into biodiesel by an outside company. But residents are provided a free and easy way to dispose of their used cooking oils. Cooking oil and grease should never poured down the drain because it can causes blockages or corrode your pipes, both can cause expensive damage to your home.
For more information about the collection visit the Mansfield homepage and click on the link for the HHW Collection, or contact Howard Redfearn at (817) 276-4240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.