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April 8 may be a good day to jettison the junk in Galveston County

April 2, 2017 GMT

It’s time to take the garbage out in Friendswood and throughout Galveston County as local cities plan two separate collection events on the same day.

Hazardous waste collection event

The cities of League City and Dickinson and Keep Dickinson Beautiful will host the Galveston County Household Hazardous Waste Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at Gulf Greyhound Park at 1000 FM 2004, La Marque.

Not an annual event, the effort is funded through a grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council with some money coming from the Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development Council through a settlement related to an enforcement action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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Aerosols, paint and paint-related products, cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides and automotive products like tires, oil, gasoline, oil filters and antifreeze and batteries will be collected.

Also accepted are products containing mercury like thermometers, bulbs and other items which are environmentally harmful if disposed of improperly.

The event is funded through grant money from the Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to provide an alternative to hazardous disposing, League City spokeswoman Bridget Kramer said.

“Instead of these products being thrown away in the trash - which you are not supposed to do - or being housed in the house, you can effectively recycle or dispose of these items,” Kramer said.

Friendswood cleanup

In Friendswood, residents can take advantage of the annual Spring Sparkle from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 8 at Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive.

The community-wide event will collect trash and other nonhazardous waste in conjunction with a garage sale.

“This event gives residents an opportunity to discard, throw away some of their old, unwanted nonhazardous goods,” said James Toney, the city’s parks and recreation director.“It allows all of the residents to bring their goods in a centralized location where the city can collect those all at one time.”

Citywide cleanups are held in the spring and fall by Keep Friendswood Beautiful, which is under the city’s parks and recreation umbrella and promotes clean-up projects.

Spring Sparkle will take in items like limbs, grass clippings, wood, metal, appliances and plastics. The event will also provide paper-shredding services until noon for residents wanting to get rid of old documents and unneeded paper trails.

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Anything still usable will be designated for the KFB garage sale, where household items like good-condition furniture, books, toys and bicycles could end up for sale to the public. Funds from purchases will go to help beautify city parks and facilities.

Beside hazardous items, about the only thing not accepted at the Spring Sparkle are clothes.

In addition, Spring Sparkle will accept used aquariums, dog and cat kennel carriers, clean rags, and shallow bowls for water to give to area volunteers who rehabilitate wildlife.

For instance, an aquarium can be re-purposed to hold small injured animals until they are rehabilitated sufficiently to be taken to a shelter, KFB chairwoman Sherry Goen said.

“It’s mostly wildlife, like an injured bird or squirrel,” she said.

The KFB has been hosting the spring collection drive for more than 20 years.

For a complete list of the items accepted or not accepted at the League City-Dickinson collection event, visit bit.ly/2naQKJG or call 281-554-1004.

For more about the Spring Sparkle, contact the City of Friendswood Parks and Recreation Department at 281-996-3220.