The City of Temple is inviting you to safely dispose of hazardous household waste and help beautify local neighborhoods starting in early October.

From 9 AM to 2 PM Saturday, October 12, Temple Public Works at 3210 E Avenue H will accept these items that may be crowding your cabinets, closets, or garage:

- Paints
- Pesticides
- Motor Oil
- Antifreeze
- Household Cleaners
- Household Chemicals
- Automobile Batteries
- Flammables Corrosives
and other hazardous products

You can also drop off up to 8 passenger car or pickup truck tires with no rims. (They won't accept them with rims, and you'll be charged $1 for each tire over the limit.)

The event is free other than the surcharge for extra tires, so it's a fantastic opportunity to dispose of those items safely and responsibly rather than resorting to dumping them down the drain or outdoors.

NOTE: They will not be able to accept old medications or electronics this year. Old medications can be dropped into a safe box in the Temple Police Department lobby at 209 E Avenue A.

The City of Temple also has a series of neighborhood cleanup events scheduled. On Friday, October 11, volunteers with the City and the United Way of Central Texas will celebrate the 2019 Day of Caring with various projects.

On Saturday, October 26, volunteers can help clean up Temple's beautiful and historic Downtown. The next cleanup day will happen on Saturday, November 16 in Temple's Garden District.

More events are scheduled through the end of 2019 and well into 2020. See a list of them here.

For information on volunteering in Temple, visit the City's Volunteer page or call (254) 298-5774.

For our friends in Belton, there's a bulk collection day scheduled for Saturday, October 5 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Belton Public Works, 1502 Holland Rd.

If you live within Belton's city limits (have your driver's license or a utility bill handy), you can take bulk trash to be dispose of safely and responsibly. However, they won't be accepting:

- Hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, TVs, tires or batteries
- Commercial bulk
- Large runs of fencing

If you bring appliances that contained refrigerants, they'll need to be marked with a green sticker indicating the refrigerants were removed.