How to safely dispose of your hazardous waste in the Houston area

A gallon of antifreeze on the shelf at Bond Auto Supply in Montpelier, Vt., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Looking to start the New Year with some cleaning? Start by getting rid of some of the hazardous materials that might be hanging around your home or garage.

In Missouri City on Saturday, a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will be held from 8:00am until 12:00pm at the Public Safety Headquarters on Cartwright Road. The city will take hazardous things like paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and motor oil. You can also drop off old electronics such as TVs, computers, and stereos.

In the Houston city limits, look here to find locations where you can dispose of various hazardous waste, including antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent lights, lawn chemicals, medical waste, mercury, paint, pharmaceuticals, and used oil.

Unsure of how to dispose of hazardous materials in your area? Contact your local government offices or visit their website for further assistance.