The event was sponsored by the San Antonio River Authority.
Residents representing 88 households hauled in approximately 500 used tires; over 5,800 pounds of small electronics such as televisions, computers, monitors, microwaves, printers, radios and fax machines; 1,662 pounds of non-hazardous and latex paint; 39 lead acid batteries; 100 gallons of used motor oil; approximately 130 pounds of pharmaceuticals; and over 4,200 pounds of household hazardous waste such as cleaning supplies, poisons, oil-based paint, aerosols, pesticides and flammable and corrosive liquids.
This was SARA’s first waste collection event in Goliad County and the first time SARA has included a pharmaceutical take-back component in one of its collection events. Pharmaceutical collection events encourage the proper disposal of unneeded and unused drugs, ensuring the collected drugs will be properly incinerated. Keeping pharmaceuticals from entering wastewater streams is important as current wastewater treatment technology does not remove drugs during the treatment process.
The goal of the pharmaceutical collections is to provide affordable, safe, environmentally sound and convenient disposal options. SARA plans to collect unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals at all future waste collection events.
“The more unused and unneeded pharmaceuticals that are collected at these events, the less likely they are to enter our water resources,” said Adair Sutherland, a SARA Board Member for Goliad County.
Terry Baiamonte, also a SARA Board Member for Goliad County went on to say, “SARA is committed to facilitating and organizing pharmaceutical collections throughout the San Antonio River Basin.”
The event, supported by local volunteers, was made possible through funding from SARA and through cooperation with the City of Goliad, Goliad County, Sherriff Kirby Brumby, the local Soil and Water Conservation Office and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
“We are glad to have been able to assist the residents of Goliad County in removing these wastes from the environment” said Suzanne Scott, SARA’s General Manager.
SARA sponsors collection events throughout its four county jurisdiction to encourage the proper disposal of waste and to curtail the amount of waste that enters creeks and rivers. SARA is passionately committed to the preservation, protection and sustainability of the San Antonio River Watershed.
For more information about future collection events in your area, visit SARA’s website, www.sara-tx.org, or contact Karen Opiela, Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator, at 1-866-345-7272, ext. 3280.