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Household Hazardous Waste
Many consumer products contain chemicals that may be hazardous to human health or the environment if improperly used, stored, or disposed. These chemicals become hazardous wastes when they are no longer wanted or needed as household products. Unfortunately, household chemicals are frequently washed down drains, poured on the ground outside, or hidden in the garbage, where they ultimately pose risks to human health or the environment.
Improperly disposing of household chemicals in the garbage may start fires, explode, or react in the solid waste collection vehicles, often injuring workers. Because of this potential danger, household chemicals will not be collected with Sugar Land's residential solid waste collection. To properly dispose of your HHW, please contact Republic Services at 713-726-7307.
More information is available on our Household Hazardous Waste page.
The term "e-waste" refers to the wide range of electronic waste from more traditional consumers electronics (TVs, VCRs and stereos) to computers and computer peripherals (printers, keyboards, scanners, etc.) and to newer technology products such as cellular phones, digital cameras and personal digital assistants. Currently, it is estimated that about 50% of US households own a computer and that 315 million computers will become obsolete in the United States by the year 2014. This is a result of rapid advancements in technology and greater consumer use of computer products.
To properly dispose of your E-waste, please contact Republic Services at 713-726-7307. More information is available on our Household Hazardous Waste page.
Some e-waste also contains hazardous materials that may harm the environment if disposed of improperly. Products containing cathode ray tubes (CRTs), namely computer monitors and televisions, are considered hazardous waste. Each CRT is estimated to contain five to eight pounds of lead and are currently banned from most landfills. Several states are considering placing a surcharge on every new CRT sold to help pay for the cost of proper disposal and recycling.
House Bill 2714 was signed into law and went into effect on September 1, 2008. The law requires manufacturers to provide Texas household consumers with free and reasonably convenient collection, reuse and recycling opportunities for devices listed below. For more information, please visit TexasRecyclesComputers.org or TexasRecyclesTVs.org.
- Desktop and laptop computers
- Monitors (display devices without a tuner)
- Keyboard and mouse made by the same manufacturer
Visit our Drop-Off Centers page for more details.