Household hazardous waste options for Georgetown residents

The City of Georgetown is in the process of finalizing details for a new household hazardous waste program that is expected to be announced this summer. In the interim, residents have some options for disposing of their household hazardous waste.

The City of Round Rock offers household hazardous waste collection on the first Wednesday of each month from 3-6 p.m. at the recycling center, 310 Deepwood Drive. The cost is $40 per car. More information about what is accepted and the Round Rock recycling center can be found at www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/utilities-and-environmental-services/solid-waste-recycling/household-hazardous-waste-disposal. Payments can be made by cash or check. Proof of Williamson County residency is required.

Round Rock is also hosting a Household Hazardous Waste collection on April 13. The same guidelines apply.

Georgetown residents can also take household hazardous waste items to the Williamson County household hazardous waste collection event on April 27 in Cedar Park. There is no cost to residents for the April 27 event, and proof of Williamson County residency will also be required. Details on that event will be posted at williamsoncountylandfill.wm.com/community/household-haz-waste-collection.jsp.

Updates and details about the City’s new household hazardous waste program will be posted to recycle.georgetown.org.

What is household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste products should never be poured out on the ground, down the drain, or thrown out with regular household garbage. Improper disposal can contaminate groundwater and drinking water. It can also injure those who come into contact with the waste

Many common products used in the home and garden are considered household hazardous waste. These items should not be placed in residential trash collection carts or placed at the curb for pickup.

Household hazardous waste products are often labeled with words such as caution, toxic, poison, corrosive, or danger. Examples include:

  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Art and hobby chemicals
  • Automotive products
  • Fluorescent lights (tubes or CFLs)
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants
  • Mercury (from thermometers, thermostats)
  • Motor oil or transmission fluid
  • Paints and stains, especially oil-based
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Vehicle batteries (wet cell)

Each year, the City of Georgetown collects about 75,000 pounds of household hazardous waste.

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