BOPA-Plus Household Recycling Coming June 26, 2021

May 17th, 2021

Start gathering those leftover cans of paint, used oil and oil filters, and dead batteries. On Saturday, June 26th from 10 AM to noon (new time), NWACA will be hosting a BOPA Collection Event for NWACA members at the Mesa Drive parking lot of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. If you’re not a NWACA member, you can join at the event. Just roll up in your car or truck, and volunteers will unload for you.

For BOPA, we will accept only: batteries, oil, latex paint, and antifreeze. We cannot accept other household hazardous wastes including these: oil-based paint, paint thinner or stripper, cleaning chemicals, pool chemicals, pesticides, or light bulbs.

For the Plus portion of our collection, we will accept only:
• Clean Styrofoam® blocks, egg cartons, cups, and clean food containers. This is the type of foam made of tiny beads that can easily crumble.
• Used toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and floss containers,
• Used disposable razors, replaceable-blade cartridge units, and razor plastic packaging.

We cannot accept dirty Styrofoam food or drink containers, packing peanuts, or plastic foam. Foam like the soft foam in pillows is not acceptable. It must be the easily tearable and crumbly type of foam.

We will close at noon to be able to get the materials to the City’s Resource Recycling and Reuse Center and unload there at our afternoon appointment.

Want to help out? We always need volunteers for our collection events. We need folks to corral the cars, unload vehicles, load the collection truck, and assist with separating the collected materials. If you’re looking for a great opportunity to help serve your neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and protect the environment, come join us! Any questions or volunteer sign-up can be sent to [email protected].

Got more than just BOPA? Austin's Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center will accept other hazardous wastes like lawn chemicals, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, cleaners, solvents, insecticides, and electronics. Electronics are now accepted with the twice-yearly bulk pickup. All future NWACA recycling events will all be of the BOPA-Plus type described above.

The Drop-off Center mixes the latex paint that has been recycled into three colors (light beige, dark beige, and dark green), which are free to anyone who wishes to pick it up. Good deals on computers can be found at the Goodwill store on 2900 Anderson. You can donate reusable electronics and other items at the Goodwill store at 3910 Far West.

The Drop-off Center is in South Austin is open again, but only by appointment. More details and location info can be found at: this link.

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