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EPA and TCEQ to Set Up Household Waste Drop-off Centers For Jefferson and Orange County Residents

Release Date: 11/07/2008
Contact Information: Janie Acevedo at 214-697-9221, Dave Bary or Tressa Tillman at 214-665-2200 or

(League City, Texas - Nov. 7, 2008) - The Unified Command has established household hazardous waste drop-off stations for residents of Jefferson and Orange County areas for homes affected by flooding as a result of Hurricane Ike. The household hazardous waste drop-off locations are:

        Jefferson County - November 15/16
        Southeast Regional Airport
        North Hwy. 69
        Beaumont, Texas
        Orange County - November 22/23
        Bridge City Intermediate School
        1029 W Round Bunch Rd
        Bridge City, Texas

        Destroyer Avenue via Simmons Drive
        Orange, Texas
The Jefferson County center will be open from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. The Bridge City Intermediate School and Destroyer Avenue centers will be open from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23. 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 ammunitions, 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 in Jefferson County, please call the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission at 409-899-8444 ext.251. In Orange County, please call the Orange City Hall (409) 735-6801.

For additional information on household hazardous waste, visit EPA's Web site at