Are you a resident of Wilson, Karnes, or Goliad county? Great!
Do you have cleaning products, tires, batteries, and other waste taking up space in your cabinets and garage? Perfect!
Looking for a way to dispose of this hazardous household waste?
Look no further than the San Antonio River Authority’s (River Authority) upcoming fall Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events in our southern basin counties. The River Authority collaborates with local partners each year to hold these six collection events, and their help is instrumental in the success of these events. Joint efforts in the safe disposal of hazardous household materials help ensure the health and well-being of the San Antonio River Watershed. When waste is improperly disposed of (e.g., flushed down toilets or dumped in landfills or riverbanks), it can contaminate the environment and harm the people and wildlife that call the waterways home. These HHW collection events provide a safe, easy, and FREE way to dispose of HHW while encouraging the proper disposal of materials harmful to the environment and public health.
In the Spring of 2022, we saw increased participation at the collection events, with 700 residents of Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties attending 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 collected over 200,000 pounds of unwanted household materials! This means 200,000 fewer pounds of tires in the river, pharmaceuticals flushed into the water supply, and batteries leaching into the soil and water tables.
These events are essential to protecting property, community members, and our precious natural resources. Central to the River Authority’s mission is keeping our local creeks and the San Antonio River clean, which is why we promote the proper disposal of waste. 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.
Planning to attend one of our Fall 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 assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Without further ado, here is the HHW fall schedule:
- October 1, 2022, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Wilson County Expo Center, 435 TX-97 E, Floresville, TX 78114
- October 29, 2022, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Goliad Memorial Auditorium, Auditorium Drive, Goliad, TX 77763
- November 5, 2022, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
- Karnes County Youth Show Barn, 1480 CR 345, Kenedy, TX 78119
We are looking forward to this fall’s events downstream! Visit our events page for more information and a full list of acceptable items. Show your river pride and stop by to dispose of your HHW.
Should you have any questions about our upcoming HHW collections, please contact our Government Affairs Coordinator at [email protected].
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