Saturday, December 2, 2023

Residential Needle and Syringe Disposal

Republic Services and the City of Southlake would like residents to assist with the safe disposal of needles and syringes at home.

Individuals living in all communities use needles and syringes to treat medical conditions. Workers such as waste haulers, recycling plant workers, janitors, housekeepers, and sewage treatment workers can experience needle stick injuries when used needles are improperly disposed of. Members of the general public can also be exposed. The safety and well-being of all residents is of the utmost importance to the City of Southlake and Republic Services, the City’s solid waste and recycling contractor.

The below images are flyers created by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to assist residents with the safe disposal of syringes and needles. Proper disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets keeps everyone safe!

There are also a few links below to safe practices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Spring Cleaning Event – Crud Cruiser

Spring is a great time to clean house and also a good time to get rid of toxic paints, chemicals, and other hazardous materials that need special handling. The City of Southlake is again partnering with Fort Worth Environmental to provide an easy way for residents to dispose of household hazardous waste.

On Saturday, March  26th residents can bring items to the Mobile Crud Cruiser at 1085 S. Kimball Ave. (Dragon Stadium) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or until full. The entry to the event is on the south side of the stadium. Items that will be accepted: Automotive fluids, batteries, cleaners & chemicals, cooking oil, lawn/garden/pool chemicals, light bulbs, paint & painting supplies. If you have water based or latex paint you can completely dry out the paint and place it in your regular household trash.

Crud Cruiser

Crud Cruiser

Texas Recovery Systems will also be onsite to take your old electronics. You can dispose of e-waste items including: CD/DVD drives, cell phones, computers (hard drives, monitors, laptops, cables etc.) printers, ink cartridges, and keyboards. Due to the cost to the vendor for the handling and safe processing of tube type monitors there will be a charge of $10.00 per unit for all tube type monitors that are recycled at this event.   There will be no charge for LCD or flat screen monitors.  (NO TELEVISIONS)

Document shredding will also be available. Residents should bring their items to Dragon Stadium and look for our DPS volunteers and staff. They will be on hand to guide drivers to the appropriate (separate) lines to drop off their disposable items. The entry for all disposals will be on the south side of the stadium. It’s a fast and convenient way for our residents to drop off any old materials that they want to dispose of in one location. Remember, it will be on a first come, first serve basis until the trucks are full.

Please bring your driver’s license or current water bill for proof of residency.  If you would like additional information on all of the items that will be accepted for the Crud Cruiser event please visit the Fort Worth Environmental website or contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349.