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Stacks of tires collected at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Last Updated on January 30, 2024

It’s official; HHW Events have been scheduled for Fall 2023! In collaboration with local partners, the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) holds six Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events each year downstream in Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties.

What is HHW? The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality defines household hazardous waste as products containing chemicals that present safety concerns if not properly managed. The River Authority encourages county residents to stop by to drop off unwanted household hazardous waste, electronics, tires, and unused pharmaceuticals. These collection events are essential to the community because they 1) offer residents a safe and convenient way to dispose of unused HHW and 2) help protect local creeks and the San Antonio River from harmful pollutants.

Did you know? As tires break down, they shed tiny pieces of synthetic rubber, oils and other additives that harm freshwater and coastal ecosystems.

In Spring 2023, we counted 638 cars that dropped off waste at the three events across the watershed. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our creeks and rivers by properly disposing of their waste. With your help, the River Authority and our partners collected approximately 234,000 pounds of unwanted household materials!

These events are essential in protecting property, community members, and our precious natural resources. The River Authority hopes these regularly scheduled collections will raise awareness of the negative impact of illegal dumping and improperly disposing of waste and reduce waste runoff entering the San Antonio River Watershed.

Collection bins filled with Household Hazardous Waste Materials

 

Planning to attend one of our Spring 2023 HHW events? Here is what you need to know:

  • Acceptable materials include HHW, such as paint, pesticide, fertilizer, pool cleaning chemicals, used motor oil and filters, paint thinner, and general household cleaners. Also accepted are tires without rims, computers, small electronics, and pharmaceuticals. A complete list of acceptable items is available here.
  • These events are FREE, and residents are helped on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Click the links below for additional details.

Spring 2023 HHW Collection Schedule

Karnes County

Saturday, September 23, 2023, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM @ Karnes County Youth Show Barn, 1480 CR 345, Kenedy, TX 78119

Wilson County

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM @ Wilson County Expo Center, 435 TX-97 E, Floresville, TX 78114

Goliad County

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM @ Goliad County Fairgrounds/Auditorium Parking Lots, 925 US-183 Hwy, Goliad, TX 77963


We are looking forward to this fall’s events in Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties! Visit the HHW Collection Service for more information and a list of acceptable items.

Should you have any questions about our upcoming HHW collections, don’t hesitate to Contact Us

What else is happening in the Southern Basin this fall? Check out some upcoming events below!


Painting with a Hike Texas Horned Lizards

 


Race the River Goliad September 9

 


Friday Night Hikes September 15

 


Wilson County Trade Days Farmers Market Every 3rd Saturday from 9am - 2pm

You can find more details on these and other upcoming events on our Events Calendar.

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