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Household Hazardous Waste

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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND ELECTRONICS WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM

Join us for Second Saturdays!

City of Lewisville
Residential Convenience Center
330 W. Jones Street
9 a.m. until Noon

(click here for a map to the facility)

(Must bring driver’s license for proof of residency)
The City of Lewisville operates a permanent household hazardous waste (HHW) collection center that provides residents with a convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that should not be put into the landfill. The Residential Convenience Center (RCC) was built in Spring 2007 with solid waste grant funds from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The RCC is open on the Second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon to accept materials from Lewisville residents. This provides residents with 12 opportunities a year to properly dispose of household chemicals and electronics they no longer need. No hazardous household products or electronics waste can be dropped off outside of the manned collection days and times.

Hazardous waste is one of our nation's biggest environmental problems. Annually, over six billion tons of this waste is generated from households alone. Most of us think of hazardous waste as something that is produced as a result of industrial activity, but the truth is that a typical home can contain 100 to 200 products for cleaning, painting, lubricating, disinfecting, etc. that technically become hazardous wastes when we discard them. Products from a single home might seem insignificant, but when thousands of homes use similar products and dispose of them down the drain or in the landfill, the combined effect becomes a major problem.

Household hazardous wastes should never be improperly disposed of by pouring wastes down the drain, on the ground, into the storm sewer, or into the trash. These substances can contaminate surface waters, septic tanks, or the wastewater treatment system. Some substances have the potential to cause physical injury to workers in the treatment system or to sanitation workers who pick up the trash. As consumers, we are all in a position to help control the amount of hazardous waste that enters the environment. Each of us is environmentally responsible for the purchase, use, and disposal of the products we have in our possession. By shopping wisely, reading labels, and properly managing the hazardous wastes we generate, we can responsibly and successfully address the hazardous waste problem.

For more information on household hazardous waste, please call the Department of Public Services at 972.219.3504.

Only residents who live within Lewisville city limits are eligible to participate in monthly collection days. Residents of Castle Hills should contact administrative offices of Denton County Fresh Water District at 972.899.4000 for information about programs available in Castle Hills.







 
LIST OF ITEMS ACCEPTED ON SECOND SATURDAYS:
ELECTRONICS
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

CD/DVD

Cellular Phones

Circuit Boards

Computer Systems

Components

Copy Machines

CRT Monitors

Desktop Computers

Disk Drives

Fax Machines

Flat Screen Monitors

Floppy Disks

Heaters (space heaters only)

Humidifiers

Microwaves

Modems

Multi-line Phones

Networking Hardware

PBX Systems

PDA/Handheld Systems

Phone Answering Machines

Printer Parts

Printers

Radio Equipment

Remote Control Handsets

Satellite TV Equipment

Scanners

Sewing Machines

SIM Cards

Single Line Phones

Small Appliances

Telephones

Televisions

Two-Way Radios

VHS Tapes

Acids

Aerosol cans

All Batteries

Antifreeze

Brake Fluid

Craft Chemicals

Hobby Chemicals

Degreasers

Drain Cleaners

Fertilizer

Fluorescent Lights

Gasoline

Herbicides

Household Chemicals

Motor Oil

Paints/Stains

Paint Thinners

Pest Strips

Pesticides

Photo Chemicals

Pool Chemicals

Oil Filters

Solvents

Spray Paint

Transmission Fluid

Varnishes


ITEMS WE CANNOT ACCEPT
 Ammunition
Medical Waste/Drugs
Biohazard Materials
Propane/Butane Cylinders
Large Appliances/Furniture
Radioactive Material (Smoke Detectors)
Explosives
Septic Wastes
Fireworks
Tires
Gas Powered Equipment
Yard Waste
Fire Extinguishers
Business Waste
**WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY WASTE**

 

 


Less Toxic Alternatives
HAZARDOUS COMPONENTS
LESS TOXIC OPTION
PROPER DISPOSAL

AMMONIA-BASED CLEANERS

Ammonia, ethanol

White vinegar, lemon juice

In well-ventilated area, use up as intended. Never mix with chlorine bleach.

BLEACH CLEANERS

Lye, hydrogen peroxide, sodium or calcium hypochlorite

Baking soda or borax

In well-ventilated area, use up as intended. Never mix with ammonia.

DRAIN OPENER

Lye, sodium hypochlorite

Prevent blockage with biological clog preventers; remove clogs with plunger or plumber's snake.

Save for household hazardous waste collection.

OVEN CLEANER

Lye, ammonia

Catch drips with foil or cookie sheets; for cleaning use baking sods, water, scouring pad.

In well-ventilated area, use up as intended. Save for household hazardous waste collection.

PAINTS

Alcohol, acetone, esters, ketones petroleum distillates, other volatile organic compounds.

Use water-based paints

Share leftovers with friends or neighbors; save for household hazardous waste collection.

PAINT THINNER

Alcohol, acetone, esters, ketones petroleum distillates, other volatile organic compounds.

Water in water-based paints

Store in screw-top container, allow paint solids to settle to bottom and pour off clear thinner to use again. Save remainder for household hazardous waste collection.

PESTICIDES

Almost all pesticides are hazardous. Call US EPA for a list of banned pesticides.

Remove food sources, use traps and baits, or biological controls.

Save for household hazardous waste collection.

STAINS/FINISHES

Glycols, ethers, ketones, mineral spirits, toluene, xylene, other volatile organic compounds.

Water-based finishes

Store in screw-top container. Save for household hazardous waste collection.

USED OIL

Hydrocarbon, heavy metals

None; use recycled oil

Can be recycled. Contact oil collection center or service station; save for household hazardous waste collection.



TOXIC SIGNAL WORDS & DEFINITIONS
SIGNAL WORDS
DEFINITIONS
 
TOXIC

May cause injury or death upon ingestion, absorption, or inhalation.
 
FLAMMABLE

Can be ignited under almost all temperature conditions.
 
CORROSIVE

Can wear away body tissues or materials through chemical action.
 
IRRITANT

Causes soreness or inflammation of skin, eyes, mucous membranes, or respiratory system.

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