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.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
The next Household Hazardous Waste Event will be held in Temple on October 23, 2021.
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?
Accepting paints, automobile batteries, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners, household chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, flammables, corrosives, medications, and other hazardous household products. Electronics and appliances are event specific. Tires are also event specific and fees may be charged depending on the amount of tires you bring. 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, smoke detectors, and explosives. No exceptions!
For more information, contact the Central Texas Council of Governments at 254-770-2366. This is a free service! Please utilize this opportunity to keep these hazards out of our waterways and natural environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.