At the end of February, San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department hosted a mobile household hazardous waste event. This was for anyone that had materials such as: medications, pesticides, batteries, motor oil or other car fluids, paints, even electronics. The mobile waste event was also held in conjunction with a MedDrop SA event as well. So pretty much, if you had anything that you couldn’t simply toss out in the trash, this was the day for you. If you missed it, don’t fret, we wouldn’t tease you with this post if there wasn’t some good news we could pass your way too. That’s not how we roll.

The next mobile collection event will occur on September 5 at the Alamo City Christian Fellowship Church, 6500 IH 35 North. The event will take place between the hours of 8 am and 1 pm. If you don’t want to wait that long, you have two other options available to you in the form of local drop-off centers. There’s a location at 1800 E Bitters which is open the first Saturday of every month between 8 am and 3 pm. Keep in mind this is between the months of February and August only. There’s also a 7030 Chulebra location that is available to residents more frequently. You can stop by the Chulebra location Tuesday thru Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. They’re also open on Saturdays between 8 am and noon.

San Antonio Hazardous Waste Drop-off

San Antonio residents can drop off household hazardous waste (HHW) any time at the city’s HHW Drop-Off Center. This drop-off service is free for City of San Antonio customers who pay an environmental fee in their CPS bill. Be sure to bring a recent copy of your CPS bill and photo ID as proof of residency when dropping off hazardous waste. Be sure to follow the guidelines for disposing of HHW listed on the City of San Antonio’s website.

Hazardous Waste, By Definition

According to the EPA, hazardous waste is broken down into a few categories. There are Listed Wastes, Characteristic Wastes, Universal Wastes, and Mixed Wastes. Listed Wastes could be cleaning or degreasing solvents, waste from petroleum refining or pesticide manufacture, certain sludge and wastewater, and certain pesticides or pharmaceutical products. Characteristic Wastes are refuse types that aren’t included in the Listed category but are prone to “ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity.” Universal Wastes are certain pesticides not include with the Listed Wastes, as well as batteries, mercury-containing items, and fluorescent bulbs. And finally, Mixed Wastes are anything that contain both radioactive and hazardous components. Don’t worry, you won’t be quizzed on all of that.

There’s more information on the EPA’s website that can point you in the right direction if you still have questions. Or you can call one of the drop-off centers in San Antonio and speak to them. They’ll be able to help you get rid of all that stuff you don’t want to toss out with the rest of your trash. It’s better to call and ask than do something that could end up harming you or someone else down the line.