Georgetown Fire Department receives regular inquiries concerning the proper waste of certain materials, including household hazardous waste, expired medications, sharps/needles, and fire extinguishers.
While the Georgetown Fire Department is not directly responsible for the collection or wasting of such materials, we have provided information and links below to help direct our citizens with these questions.
Household Hazardous Waste
Recycling and Solid Waste Services offers a number of programs to help residents dispose of household hazardous waste safely. Additionally, they have information on their site on how to identify hazardous waste and how to get to specialized facilities that will help you dispose of them.
The Medications Collection Kiosk is located at the Public Safety Office and Training Center (PSOTC) (3500 D.B. Wood Rd, Georgetown TX 78628) in the main lobby area.
We highly suggest calling the PSOTC main office prior to visiting to ensure the box is not full at (512) 930-0420. (If full, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department also hosts a Collection Kiosk at 508 S Rock St. To contact their office, please call (512) 943-1300.)
Many citizens routinely use injectable medications and end up with needles and syringes. There are a couple of options regarding proper disposal of medical sharps:
1. Most pharmacies sell prepaid mail ready sharps containers that can hold up to 300 syringes for as little as seven ($7) dollars. This is a great option that provides a cost-effective and safe solution to rid of your medical sharps.
2. Under Texas law from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) you may also dispose of your medical sharps in your household trash, utilizing a hard plastic or metal container with a tightly secured lid. Click the button below to learn more about making a sharps container for your home.
We kindly ask that you refrain from taking your used sharps to the Fire Stations for disposal.
With proper care, fire extinguishers should last at least 10 to 12 years. Unfortunately, you cannot simply throw them away because they’re considered hazardous materials. After all, high-pressure chemicals can be very dangerous if mishandled.
We highly encourage residents to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for discharging and recycling guidance.