Arlington Citizen-Journal

City hosts hazardous waste collection

The Mansfield Environmental Services Department will host Household Hazardous Waste and electronics collection at the new Environmental Collection Center at 616 S. Wisteria St., from from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

For a full list of items taken, follow the link to the website for the Environmental Collection Center at mansfieldtexas.gov/ecc.

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. 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.

In the recent past, 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. Do not place 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 electronics for collection.

Electronic equipment should be kept out of our 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 oil 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 be poured down the drain because it can causes blockages or corrode your pipes, and 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 David Macias at 817-276-4239 or david.macias@mansfieldtexas.gov.

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