City accepts household hazardous waste Saturday

05/12/2014 12:00 AM

05/07/2014 11:43 AM

The Mansfield Environmental Services Department and Keep Mansfield Beautiful are hosting the first Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff Event of the year Saturday at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St. Hazardous materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 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, 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 your unused paint off your hands to use in their own homes.
• For full to half full gallons of paint –You may try to contact local mission and charity groups to see if they can use your 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 (817) 871-5257 for hours and to make sure material will be accepted. Hazardous 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 garbage and exploded during the compaction processing, leading to burns. Please do not placed material with a label listing them as hazardous in your garbage or recycling containers.

In addition to these products, residents can also bring in used computer equipment for collection by Goodwill Inc. 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 is processed into biodiesel by an outside company. Cooking oil and grease should never poured down the drain because it can causes blockages or corrode pipes, both can cause expensive damage.

For more information, contact Howard Redfearn at (817) 276-4240 or howard.redfearn@mansfield-tx.gov.

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