2011-04-07 / Front Page

County-Wide Spring Cleaning and Recyclables Collection Event

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer and his office announced this week that “It’s time for Lee County residents to gather up recyclables around the household and properly dispose of them. Lee County, and the communities of Giddings and Lexington are sponsoring a Household Recyclables Collection on April 9th.”

The April 9th collection event will be held at the Giddings Medical Center facility located at Industry and Orange Street in Giddings. This event, called a BOPAT collection, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Lee County residents can take the opportunity to rid their homes of used tires, car batteries, rechargeable batteries, used oil, used oil filters, and old computers and take advantage of a collection event where you can recycle these unwanted items.

All items will be collected for recycling by qualified service companies specializing in recycling.

The old or unwanted electronic components such as computers and cell phones will be screened for reuse. If they can be reused by someone, they will be-if not, they will be recycled.

Items not being accepted are: household chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, oil-based paints, paint thinners, gasoline, furniture polish, and all other chemical materials or substances. If you are bringing used oil, used oil filters, latex paints, or batteries, make sure the containers are not leaking. You don’t want them leaking in your automobile, on the roadway, or on the collection site.

The Lee County BOPAT collections are sponsored in cooperation with the Capital Area Planning Council of Governments, through a municipal solid waste grant recently awarded to Lee County. The Lower Colorado River Authority is providing technical assistance to help plan the event and a comprehensive household hazardous waste program.

The Lee County BOPAT collections will help prevent illegal dumping, protect water quality, and maximize the use of these materials as resources, by encouraging waste reduction, recycling and reuse.

Although there is no charge to residents, tax deductible donations are being accepted through The Adopt- A- Barrel program, a community fund-raising campaign sponsored by Lee County and the co- sponsoring communities. Community fundraising allows businesses, individuals and organizations to make taxdeductible donations to help pay the costs of collecting and properly disposing recyclables and hazardous wastes.

Judge Fischer said, “ Community involvement is important to keeping our communities clean and safe.”

For more information or to donate toward future events, call the County Judge’s Office, at 1- 979-542-3178.

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