UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:30pm
Waco, Texas — "Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day" takes place this coming Saturday, May 3, for Waco, Hewitt, Lorena, Lacy Lakeview, and Woodway residents.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, you can stop by the Waco Solid Waste Operations Center on Schroeder Drive to drop off your items. All you need is a current water bill and driver's license. Officials say having this day annually is important to keep harmful chemicals out of landfills. Hazardous waste collection day is also important to stop the spread of harmful diseases, like West Nile Virus, which is carried through mosquitoes. Mosquitoes go hand in hand with an old tire just sitting on your property.
"Tires are a very popular breeding ground for mosquitoes. They hold water. They're insulated, in a sense, so we want to get those out of our ditches, out of our backyards," said Anna Dunbar, Recycling and Public Outreach Administrator for the City of Waco.
You can drop off up to four tires, free of charge. They must be 33 inches or smaller and removed from the rim. Cleaners, oil, paints, and more are accepted. To find out more, contact Waco's Solid Waste Services office.