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Monday, December 10, 2018

Reuse & Recycling HHW

LAKE TRAVIS REGIONAL REUSE & RECYCLING CENTER
3207 NEIDHARDT DRIVE, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78734
[From 620, First Left off General Williamson, Behind the ESD6 Firestation]

NEXT COLLECTION DATE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 9:00AM TO NOON – FUTURE DATES ARE OCTOBER 3 AND JANUARY 23, 2019

Household hazardous waste (HHW) is common everyday leftover household product(s) which has any of these four potentially hazardous characteristics; flammable, corrosive, toxic or reactive. Common household products you will find listed below, typically contain hazardous components and therefore they require special care when being disposed of.

Collection events are free and open to residential customers of the utility partners. To drop off items, a resident/customer must present a driver’s license or utility bill with an address in the jurisdictional boundaries of one of the following partners: the City of Lakeway, City of Bee Cave, The Hills, Hurst Creek Municipal Utility District, Lakeway MUD, or Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) No. 17.  There is a 30 GALLON LIMIT  for disposal each event. For any residents living outside this utility partnership there is a fee of $40.

Tips for properly handling HHW 

    • Please be considerate
      • Sort your items first, please do not bring boxes of trash to the center
        • Throw out empty containers in your residential trash pickup
        • Latex paint can(s) with a small amount of left-over paint should be opened and left to dry out so you can throw them away in your residential trash pickup (more detail below)
      • Items not in their original container  need a readable label
        • To be labeled by you – write on the container itself or on duct tape across the container what the product is
        • Try not to overfill containers
        • Try to avoid glass containers
      • If products are open and there is no cap, try to seal with clear wrap and rubber band
      • If products are leaking they should be placed in a sealable plastic bag, or if they are large, place the entire container in a clean 5-gallon bucket or other plastic container to transport
      • Transport items in boxes to prevent spills in your vehicle keeping items visible. Do not overstack
      • Try to keep hazardous products in their original containers and never remove lables
      • Never mix products. Imcompatible products might react, ignite, or explode
      • Follow any instructions for use and disposal provided on the product labels

Why is proper disposal important? – Improper disposal of HHW includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pose a potential hazard to your health as well as pollute the environment causing adverse effects on plants, fish, animals and people, as well as our drinking water source.

Collection Dates to drop off your household hazardous waste products are on Wednesday’s, 9am – Noon, June 6, October 3 and January 23, 2019 – There is a 30 GALLON LIMIT per date.

THIS CENTER WILL ACCEPT:
• Household products — cleaning products, drain cleaners, oven cleaning solvents, degreasers, polishers, pool chemicals, household rechargeable batteries, mercury thermometers, gas grill propane tanks;
• Paint products — latex and oil-based paints, spray paints, preservatives, strippers, etc.; or,
• Automotive products — antifreeze, car batteries, oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc.
Accepted materials must be labeled and preferred to come in their original containers for transport.

THIS CENTER CANNOT ACCEPT:
• Asbestos products — including linoleum tiles containing asbestos from older homes;
• Industrial waste — anything from a business;
• Medical waste — needles, prescriptions, etc.;
• Ammunition or explosives — fireworks, dynamite, flares, etc.;
• Radioactive waste — smoke detectors, etc.;
• Compressed gas cylinders — except for gas grill propane tanks;
• Tires;
• Appliances — small or large; or,
• Computers, printers, televisions, speakers, surround sound, other electronic equipment.

For unacceptable items at this center, you and residents that live in Travis County, are encouraged to take your waste items to the City of Austin & Travis County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, “Austin Resource Recovery” .  The Austin Resource Recovery center takes electronics and appliance along with many other items.  4108 Todd Lane, Austin, TX 78744 (512) 974-4343.  Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM to 5PM; Saturday 7AM to Noon.

Medicine Disposal – Pills (prescription and OTC), vitamins, supplements, herbal goods, lotions, liquid medicines, and even pet medications can be dropped off year-round at two locations in Austin.

      1. Forty Acres Pharmacy  – 100 W Dean Keeton St, Austin, 78712, 9a-6p Mon – Fri., 512-471-1824 http://www.fortyacrespharmacy.com/contact , Anonymous take-back box inside
      2. Travis County Constable Precinct 5 Office- 1003 Guadalupe, Austin, 78701, 8a-5p Mon-Fri (Across street from the Court House), Kiosk inside for anonymous drop-offs

Did you know there is a Reuse / Recycle Building where you can pick up FREE partially filled products that still have useful characteristics.  Paint is the primary product at this time but there are also partial containers of household products such as comet, pool/spa products and furniture refinishers. Latex paint has been blended on-site and poured up into 2-gallon buckets for use and there are currently two colors; grey and taupe.  All products are free and can be picked up on the same dates of collection events.  You will be asked to sign a waiver of liability for the products.  That’s all!

HAVE LATEX PAINT TO DISPOSE OF?  You can dispose of LATEX PAINT at home by following these simple steps:

      1. Open the can to let the paint dry completely. Adding cat litter speeds up the process.
      2. Once the paint is completely dry, you may dispose of the lid and the can as two items separately (not closed) with your regular household trash (not recycle bin)

For the many items the Lake Travis Regional & Recycling Center is not licensed/able to accept, please contact

Hours                                                            Address
Saturdays:                                                     2514 Business Center Drive
7 a.m. to noon                                                Austin, TX  78744
(Near the corner of IH-35 & Hwy 71, off Todd Lane)
Mondays-Fridays:                             512-974-4343
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.Visit their website for more information including the list of household hazardous waste items that are accepted and what items are not accepted.