Hazardous waste collection is a better solution to illegal dumping

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Illegal dumping is a growing problem in Angelina County, but there's an even easier solution.

"Think about how many TVs you currently have in your home now, and what do you do when they mess up or they're out of style or they break?" said Angelina Beautiful Clean Executive Director, Amanda Anderson.

Anderson says this weekend's "Household Hazardous Waste Collection" is about doing your part.

"Each year, you know, we get tons of calls trying to figure out what to do with these materials. And it's just a huge need for it because you know the items are still out there and people are trying to dispose of them," said Anderson.

More than 70 volunteers will collect items ranging from car fluids, cleaning supplies, and even microwaves.

"We would rather have people bring their items on Saturday than find them down on county roads," said Anderson.

Throwing out old cleaners and appliances isn't just lazy, it's harmful to the environment.

"Our hazardous waste can eventually end up going back into the ground and cause a lot of issues for the environment for the future, for the kids that are coming up.  So we want to be able to address that now so that we don't have to worry about that," said Environmental Safety and Health Manager of Lockheed Martin, Ruth Oates.

This is the third year for the collection, something event sponsors say the community can't do without.

"It's also helping when we do our highway cleanup because we don't find as many large items on our highway cleanups that we do on a quarterly basis," said Oates.

Last year, more than 30 tons of hazardous materials were collected.

Appliances and other home waste will be accepted Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lufkin Middle School.

Tires, medical waste, and fire extinguishers will not be accepted.

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