ATTENTION TEMPLE RESIDENTS!
The City of Temple will be hosting a Secure Shred event for the Great American Clean Up/Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 am-12:00pm. The event will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic School located at 6608 W Adams Ave., and area residents are invited to participate. You may bring up to 5 bankers boxes of documents to be shredded. For more information call the City of Temple Solid Waste Services at 254-298-5725 or read the media release here.
Coming this June:
Enforcing Public Health Nuisance and Anti-Dumping Laws Workshop
Scroll down to the Upcoming Conferences and Educational Opportunities section to register.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events 2017.
Take Our Survey!
Help us find out how much our region knows about air quality. Go to our new Central Texas Air Information and Research website http://www.ctair.org and take our brief air quality survey.
Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) Meeting
The next SWAC meeting will be held May 4, 2017. Check back soon for the agenda and meeting packet.
August 30, 2016: Agenda and packet can be viewed here.
Grant and Funding Opportunities
TCEQ Announces Grants for Emission Reduction Efforts
Funding is still available under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP). These grants encourage an entity that owns and operates a heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicle to repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine or replace the vehicle with a natural gas vehicle.
Upcoming Conferences and Educational Opportunities
Enforcing Public Health Nuisance and Anti-Dumping Laws Workshop
The Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) would like to invite you to attend Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center’s Enforcing Public Health Nuisance and Anti-Dumping Laws workshop. This workshop will take place on June 21, 2017, here at CTCOG (2180 North Main Street, Belton, TX). To register, please click on this link http://www.tidrc.com/classes.html, and scroll down until you see the Belton class.
Communities need to use all their options to reduce habitat for mosquito breeding, including using a full range of state criminal laws. This class will focus on the laws that local governments can use to reduce problem areas, including (1) public health nuisance and/or public nuisance laws, especially THSC Sec. 341.013(c); (2) the Texas Litter Abatement Act THSC Chapter 365; (3) controlling dumping into and adjacent to water through using TWC Secs. 7.145 and 7.147. The class will include a detailed presentation of current state provisions for controlling scrap tires (including any new statutes created by the 2017 state legislature — such as the pending SB 570). Various policy and officer safety issues involved in enforcing or filing to enforce these provisions will also be addressed.
Who Should Attend
Local code enforcement officers and registered sanitarians; local peace officers; local health department officers; specialized environmental enforcement officers; fire marshals and firefighters; prosecutors; city and county staff and elected officials needing a good understanding of the approaches available to control illegal dumping and public health nuisances; state agency officers needing a good understanding of the enforcement powers available to local governments.
Six (6) hours code enforcement/RS continuing education credits will be awarded for successful completion. For code enforcement officers, this class includes one hour in “Legal / Legislative Update Related to the Profession of Code Enforcement.” Six (6) hours TCOLE credit may be given at the discretion of participant’s agency (Lesson Plan and Instructor Biography will be provided to Agency Training Officer). Peace officers seeking to earn TCOLE credits for completion of Class 3880 should verify with their Training Officer that this class meets Agency requirements prior to registration. In some cases TCOLE credit will be filed by the local agency hosting the class.
Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity right here in Central Texas without all of the traffic of Austin or Dallas.
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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
Get your HHW ready, collection events are scheduled for 2017.
Several HHW events have been planned for 2017. Be sure to join our HHW email notification list and receive the flyers hot off the press.
Our events are open to all residents of Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milam, Mills, and San Saba counties. Participants must show proof of residency (Driver’s License, water bill, etc.) and will be asked to complete a very brief survey. No personal information will be asked.
What can be dropped off?
Please note that the information provided may change depending upon the contractors working the event. PLEASE REFER TO SPECIFIC EVENT FLYERS FOR THE MOST ACCURATE INFORMATION.
Accepting paints, automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners, household chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, flammables, corrosives, medications, and other hazardous household products. Electronics are event specific. NO LARGE APPLIANCES. Passenger car or light truck tires without rims will be accepted. Fees may be charged depending on location and contracted disposal fees. This collection is for household items only. Large quantities from businesses, farms, or commercial operations will not be accepted.
Infectious and medical wastes, biological and radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and explosives. No exceptions!
For more information, contact the Central Texas Council of Governments at 254-770-2362 or 254-770-2376. This is a free service! Please utilize this opportunity to keep these hazards out of our waterways and natural environment.
Where Can I Recycle or Dispose of ______?
For answers to many of your recycling questions and disposal options, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page.
Regional Solid Waste Plan
The Central Texas Council of Governments’ Regional Solid Waste Management Plan: 2002-2022 was developed in order to satisfy the requirements of §363.062 of the Texas Health and Safety Code which stipulates that each COG develop a regional solid waste management plan that conforms to the state solid waste management plan.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has dictated that the Regional Plan must serve as guidelines for four primary purposes: Permitting Decisions, Establishing Grant Funds, Local and Subregional Planning, and Directing Regional Activities.
CTCOG’s Plan may be found by clicking the link below.
Closed Landfill Inventory:
- Bell County
- Coryell County – Part 1 – Part 2
- Hamilton County
- Lampasas County
- Milam County: Part 1 – Part 2
- Mills County
- San Saba County
For more information, contact the Central Texas Council of Governments at 254-770-2362.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I dispose of latex or oil-based paint?
The best thing you can do is wait until a household hazardous waste collection event. If this is just not possible, you have a few options.
Many organizations will take leftover, unwanted paint if it is in good condition. Try contacting community theatre organizations, school drama departments, charities, schools, places of worship, nonprofits, and other agencies in your area for reuse in remodeling, set design and other applications. Habitat for Humanity will also accept paint donations. Just be sure to call first to find out if they have any restrictions.
If you live in Belton, Lampasas County, or Milam County you may be able to use a service through Waste Management called At Your Door. Please know that this service is limited.
Fort Hood residents, employees, and family members may utilize the HHW drop off center located on the corner of 37th and North Ave, Building #1348, Monday through Friday from 07:30 to 16:30. For more information on the household hazardous turn in facility please contact the collection center at (254)-288-7627.
The Williamson County Recycle Center will accept many different types of HHW; however, you will have to pay a small fee. An example of prices can be found here. Their hours are limited, so be sure and call them for more information (512)-864-3240.
As a last resort, latex paints may be thrown in your household trash once the paint has dried. OIL BASED PAINTS MUST NEVER BE DISPOSED OF IN THE TRASH–EVEN IF THE PAINT IS DRY. To dry latex paint simply stir in plain kitty litter and let it harden for an hour or more.
2. Where can I dispose of used motor oil?
Texas law prohibits dumping motor oil on land or into sewers or waterways. (Remember, storm drains flow directly to the nearest rivers, lakes, creeks, and streams. They DO NOT flow to the waste water treatment plant). Applying oil as a dust suppressant is also illegal. Texas has also banned used oil filters from being placed in or accepted for disposal in landfills.
Ignoring these laws can have dire consequences. Illegal oil dumping poses numerous known hazards to both humans and wildlife. Depending on the location and extent of the dumping, oil can contaminate the food and water supply in an area and affect wildlife and humans for years to come.
Two hundred million gallons of used oil are improperly disposed of each year. ONE GALLON of used oil can contaminate ONE MILLION GALLONS of fresh water–a year’s supply for 50 people. Recycling just two gallons of motor oil can produce enough energy to power the average Texas home for one day. Whenever you change your oil or other vehicle fluids at home, make sure you recycle them.
RECYCLING USED OIL IS EASY!! Simply go to this website http://search.earth911.com/american-petroleum-institute.php and enter your zipcode and the material you are interested in recycling, and it will pull up a list of places where automotive fluids can be disposed of properly.
The Williamson County Recycle Center will accepted used oil for a small fee. Please to go their webpage for more information.
If you live in Killeen, you may dispose of engine oil, hydraulic fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, and rear end oil at one of the three waste oil collection sites.
- Transfer Station, SH 195
- Killeen Recycling Center, 111 East Avenue F
- Killeen Municipal Airport, Airport Drive
These sites are for individuals only. Material from commercial businesses or industry will not be accepted. The following limitations apply:
- Not more than five (5) gallons per customer is accepted at a time.
- Materials not accepted for disposal are brake fluid, contaminated oil, pesticides, gasoline, fertilizers, grease, and antifreeze. Antifreeze is accepted at the Killeen Recycling Center.
- Oil filters are accepted at the Killeen Recycling Center and the Solid Waste Transfer Station
Please go to this website for information or call (254)-501-7785.
Temple residents can drop off their used oil and oil filters at the facility located at 3219 Bulls Eye Lane, Temple, TX 76501. Call (254)-298-5725 or visit http://www.ci.temple.tx.us/1472/Recycling for more information.