There is a solution for area residents wondering what to do with that little bit of paint in the bottom of a can, fluorescent bulbs, agricultural chemicals or old automotive products.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is conducting a “Don’t Dump on Texas” day in this area 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Nueces County Memorial Agricultural Center (showbarn) at 900 E. Ave. J in Robstown.

This event is open to all Texas residents. However, no wastes will be accepted from chemical dealers, school chemistry of biology labs or franchise pesticide applicators certified by the Texas Structural Pest Control Board.

Items that can be accepted include: pesticides, herbicides, oil, oil filters (limit of two 55-gallon drums per participant and none will be accepted from businesses that charge for oil changes), grease, transmission fluid, diesel fuel, power steering fluid, paint, gasoline, fluorescent bulbs, lead-acid batteries and brake fluid.

Other items that will be accepted include: properly rinsed plastic pesticide containers.

TCEQ is not accepting any of the following items:


Radioactive materials


Household materials

Compressed gas cylinders

Herbicides containing 2, 4, 5-T or 2,4, 5-TP (Silvex) (unless quantities are less than five gallons)

Pesticides or wood preservatives containing pentachlorophenol (less than five gallons) and Nutrient materials that are either hazardous nor contain pesticide admixtures.