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Environmental Collection Center: Household Hazardous Chemical Disposal


Location: Environmental Collection Center, 6616 Walnut Street

Hours of Operation:
Winter Hours (October 1 – February 28)
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours (March 1 – September 30)
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: Environmental Services (972) 292-5900

Inclement Weather Conditions: Severe storm warnings, flooding, or ice may cause the center to close. Call (972) 292-5913 for up-to-date information.

Facility use and free disposal for Frisco Residents only – no commercial accounts.

Proof of Residency Requirements: Valid Texas Drivers License and copy of current Frisco water bill.

Directions to Center: From Preston Road: Travel west on Main Street; turn north at 2nd Street. The center is located two blocks north at Walnut Street.
From the Dallas North Tollway: Travel east on Main Street (FM 720); turn north at 2nd Street.

Recycling Fees: As of March 1, 2010, recycling fees associated with the drop-off of computer monitors and television sets will be added to current monthly Frisco water bills. Computer monitors will incur a $10 charge and television sets will incur a $15 charge. No form of payment will be accepted at point of drop-off. Proof of Frisco residency is required.

Acceptable Items:
Aerosol cans
Batteries (AA, AAA, B, C, D, 9 volt, cell phone, car, boat, etc.)
Cooking Oil (used or dated)
Electronic equipment
Fluorescent bulbs
Household cleaners
Ink cartridges
Mercury thermometers/thermostats
Motor oil & filters
Paints, thinners, solvents, and stains
Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other lawn products
Pool chemicals
Rechargeable batteries Smoke detectors
Television Set (limit one per drop off, must be less than 36 inches)
Styrofoam (except peanuts)

Unacceptable Items:
Biological active materials and medical waste (syringes) Click here for disposal ideas
Radioactive materials
Old prescription pills
Oxygen containers

Ten (10) gallon limit per product, per visit. Larger quantities are considered business or commercial waste and are not acceptable.

Bottle/Container Identification
Special handling, storage and safe disposal are required if one
or more of the following words are listed on the bottle/container.

Do not throw in the trash!
Caution Volatile
Combustible Toxic
Corrosive Reactive
Danger Poison
Explosive Irritant
Flammable Harmful If Swallowed

Shredding Services
A paper and document shredding service is available for a charge on the first Saturday of each month at the Environmental Collection Center from 8am until 12pm. In recognition of the holidays, this service will not be available in January but will begin again in February.

Managing Household Chemicals
-Buy only what you need.
-Read the warning labels.
-Wear protective clothing (safety gloves).
-Use only as directed.
-Store in a cool, dry and well ventilated place.
-Keep out of reach of children and pets.
-Do not store products in attics or near a heat source.
-Do not mix, combine or consolidate them.

Prescription Pills
We can no longer accept prescription pills at the Environmental Collection Center. Controlled substances (marked with a C) must go back to the pharmacy for proper disposal. We recommend all other medications be rendered useless before disposal. These methods include crushing or adding medications to old coffee grinds, kitty litter, etc. Once it is rendered useless, place in sealed bag or container (remember to remove all personal information from prescription bottles) and place in trash cart.

Transporting Household Chemicals
-Never mix chemicals.
-Keep waste products in their original containers.
-Do not transport in the same part of your vehicle as children or pets.
-Place items in a box to prevent spillage.
-Don’t eat, drink or smoke while handling household hazardous wastes.
-Wash your hands after handling these materials.
-Gasoline is highly flammable and should only be transported in purpose-designed gasoline cans or containers.

When you bring your computer to the Environmental Collection Center for safe and responsible disposal, please read the following information regarding your memory and storage devices:

An efficient method to ease your stored data is to reformat your hard drive utilizing your standard operating system’s step by step erasing process.

Step 1 – Boot up with your Operation System Boot Disc (examples: DOS, Win3.x or Win 9.x, Win Me, etc);

Step 2 – At the A prompt (A:/>) type: “Format C:/U” and press enter. The space after the word “Format” is important;

Step 3 – When asked if you want to erase your hard drive, select “YES.” This unconditional format command will destroy all existing data and prevent anyone from un-formatting the hard drive;

Step 4 – If you have multiple partitions on your hard drive, or more than one hard drive, you will need to repeat the command substituting the drive letters for each partition or drive.

Or, you may try the following for additional security:
There is no better way to completely annihilate your data than to render the device that stores it unusable. We still suggest a software shredder for the highest level in safety, but if your personal data security justifies the extra effort:

-Put on protective eyewear, and gloves, and power tools;

-Drill four holes through the platters will ensure that they never spin properly again;

-Better yet, unscrew and remove the top lid of the drive, and go at the platters with a sander or angle grinder. Scuff the surface of the platters until all the shine is gone.

***There are several software packages that you may purchase, at all levels of pricing, which will provide a guarantee of data removal. You may visit many of the big box computer/ electronic stores all over Frisco for additional information.

To see all of this information in a printable form, click here for the Environmental Collection Center Brochure.