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In an effort to improve efficiencies, cost effectiveness and ensure environmental protection, the cities of Bryan and College Station joined together in May of 1990 to create the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency. BVSWMA [ba-vis-ma] runs the Rock Prairie Road Landfill that currently accepts an estimated 1000 tons of solid waste per day. In addition, BVSWMA continually strives to find new ways to improve solid waste disposal for local residents.
BVSWMA has set the following goals for the future:
- develop a client base that maintains the economic stability of BVSWMA
- maintain the capacity of disposal to meet the BVSWMA regions needs
- operate all facilities with in established regulatory guidelines.
Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are those wastes produced in our households that are hazardous in nature, but are not regulated as hazardous waste, under federal and state laws. Included are such items as old paints and paint related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, and degreasers and other car care products. Such consumer waste products, if carelessly managed can, and frequently do, create environmental and public health concerns. Source reduction of potential HHW is the first step. To make your home safer, BVSWMA sponsors TWO collection events each year. The collection event is provided FREE to the residents of the Brazos Valley ( 7 county region) as a means to safely dispose of household hazardous items. Ammunition, explosives, radioactive waste, tires, compressed gas cylinders, and household garbage will not be accepted. Our goal is to increase public awareness regarding HHW and to dispose of the maximum amount of hazardous materials at these collection events. Since the program began in 1994, over 17,188 people have disposed of more than 763,066 pounds of hazardous waste and 112 tons of computers. In May 2003 the first E-waste collection was held and almost 15,000 pounds of computers, monitors and keyboards were collected. BVSWMA will continue to hold these HHW events in hopes that the Brazos Valley household residents will bring their hazardous waste to our FREE Household Hazardous Waste collection events. These event are could not happen without volunteers to assist in surveying the traffic lines.
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