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EPA and TCEQ to Set Up Household Waste Drop-off Center For Flood-Impacted Areas of La Porte, Morgan's Point and Shoreacres

Release Date: 10/27/2008
Contact Information: Beth Totman at 646-369-0064, Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

(PASADENA, Texas - Oct. 27, 2008) - The Unified Command Incident Command Post has established one household hazardous waste drop-off station for residents of La Porte, Morgan's Point, Shoreacres, and surrounding areas for homes affected by flooding as a result of Hurricane Ike. The household hazardous waste drop-off location is: Sylvan Beach Park; 1 Sylvan Beach Drive; La Porte, Texas, 77571.

The center will be open from 9 am to 5 pm from Saturday, November 1 until Monday, November 3. Acceptable materials include cleaning supplies, automotive products, lawn and garden products, painting supplies, pesticides, herbicides, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals and other hazardous chemicals. Please clearly mark containers, and place leaking containers in plastic bags or other appropriate containers to prevent further spills.

Items that are not appropriate for drop off at the site include munitions, explosives, tires, general trash, animal manure and carcasses, human waste, needles, spoiled food, and other biological items, as well as household appliances, televisions, computers, and other electronic waste.

Be cautious around household hazardous chemicals, even if you are returning home for only a short time. Keep children and pets away from leaking or spilled household chemicals. It is not safe to combine household chemicals from leaking or damaged containers or to burn them. Do not dump chemicals down drains, on the ground, in storm sewers or toilets.

For more information about the drop-off center, please call the La Porte Office of Emergency Management at (281) 470-0010. For more information on household hazardous waste, visit EPA's Web site at

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