Keep Temple Beautiful partnered with the City of Temple and the Central Texas Council of Governments to offer a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Household hazardous wastes are leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients. The equivalent of 700 to 800 household's worth of old paint, chemicals and tires were contributed by more than 500 area residents who visited the Temple landfill.
"This was the largest one I've ever known about," said Beth Correa, environmental waste coordinator for the seven-county Central Texas Council of Governments. "It was amazing."
The 5-hour event brought in 511 vehicles, including 291 from Temple, 75 from Belton and 26 from Troy.
Household hazardous wastes are defined as leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special care when you dispose of them. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include 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 pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health.