Williamson County Recycle Center focuses on ensuring the chemicals we receive are reused or recycled through a Reuse Program. This is not just a goal to us, it is what we do. Last year we sent over 27,000 pounds of chemicals to local reuse. If you are looking for items stop by our facility and see what we have for reuse. This changes weekly based upon what is coming in and going out.
Who we help with Reuse?
Our Reuse Program supplies herbicides and pesticides to the City of Granger for their streets, cemeteries, and parks. Jonah Water also utilizes our service for chemicals used in the maintenance of their facilities. We have clients who are mechanics, home builders, handymen, electricians, and just the weekend warrior trying to update things around their homes. This is a great thing for the community, saving households money by giving chemicals away for reuse. Items are constantly changing so there is never a set stock on our shelves. Some weeks we will have a shelf full of herbicides while the next week it may be fairly empty. Our aerosol paints are arranged by color, however we typically have black, brown and white. This is the natural ebb and flow of chemicals in our reuse program.
Our Reuse Program sees many items that have never been used or slightly used like aerosol paint, fertilizer(Organic and chemical), floor cleaners, disinfectant sprays/cleaners, furniture polish, rust and calcium removers. Any chemicals you have in your home, we have probably seen come through. We have been shocked at the amount of dishwasher and hand soap that comes through. Customers bring chemicals to us for many reasons from cleaning up to moving, no matter why we can still help.
From the EPA
Benefits of Reducing and Reuse
- Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations
- Saves money
- Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators
- Allows products to be used to their fullest extent
- Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
- Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
- Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
- Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
- Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.
Consider reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients. Learn about the use of alternative methods or products—without hazardous ingredients—for some common household needs. When shopping for items such as multipurpose household cleaners, toilet cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwashing machine pods and gels, bug sprays and insect pest control, consider shopping for environmentally friendly, natural products or search online for simple recipes you can use to create your own.
Below are some ideas to get you started. Additional information is available from EPA’s Safer Choice program.
Hazardous Waste Source Reduction around the Home Drain Cleaner Use a plunger or plumber’s snake. Glass Cleaner Mix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in one quart of water.
Spray on and use newspaper to dry.
Furniture Polish Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice in one pint of mineral or vegetable oil
and wipe furniture.
Rug Deodorizer Liberally sprinkle carpets with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes
and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.
Silver Polish Boil two to three inches of water in a shallow pan with one teaspoon of salt,
one teaspoon of baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally
submerge silver and boil for two to three more minutes. Wipe away
tarnish and repeat if necessary.
Mothballs Use cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mints or white peppercorns.
Safe Management of HHW
To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, it is important that people always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in their homes. Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular 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. Certain types of HHW have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets. They can also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.
Some quick tips for the safe handling of household hazardous wastes include:
- Follow any instructions for use and storage provided on product labels carefully to prevent any accidents at home.
- Be sure to read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other hazards on the way to a disposal facility.
- Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Corroding containers, however, require special handling. Call your local hazardous materials official or fire department for instructions.
- When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated HHW might become unrecyclable.
- Check with your local environmental, health or solid waste agency for more information on HHW management options in your area.
- If your community doesn’t have a year-round collection system for HHW, see if there are any designated days in your area for collecting HHW at a central location to ensure safe management and disposal.
- If your community has neither a permanent collection site nor a special collection day, you might be able to drop off certain products at local businesses for recycling or proper disposal. Some local garages, for example, may accept used motor oil for recycling. Check around.
- Remember, even empty containers of HHW can pose hazards because of the residual chemicals that might remain so handle them with care also.
Thank you for supporting us by bringing chemicals into our facility but also picking up items for reuse! Anybody can shop at our facility. Customers can dispose of chemicals through a voucher system or private pay. Customers who live in an area that does not have a voucher system should talk to their city/county about a contract. Whereby they could shop and drop items off without a charge. Most of all it is crucial to the environmental that we be great stewards of what has been handed down from our Creator and the previous generations.