Waste collection center coming to county soon

Greenville – After months of pitching to and receiving funding commitments from area cities, a local committee receives final approval for the creation of a hazardous waste facility.

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center will be located in Greenville. Initial construction of the center will run just under $300,000, with $60,000 needed each year to keep it operational.

Hunt County Commissioners Monday unanimously approved the plan.

Items such as batteries, motor oil, nail polish, televisions and computer monitors can be disposed of at the center.

Ten of the twelve incorporated cities in Hunt County, as well as the county itself, are participating in the program. These participating entities will receive a certain number of vouchers each year, based on population, to distribute to residents who wish to dispose of hazardous materials. To annual cost to each participating entity is also dependent on population size.

Commissioners are also pursuing a grant that would aid in the cost to build the facility, which they hope to have up and running this fall.