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BURNET — You know that old TV sitting in the garage that hasn’t moved in six years because you don’t know what to do with it? You can’t sell it because, let’s face it, who would want it? You don’t want to toss it in the garbage because it has all those components that could mess up the water table and environment.

So what do you do with it?

Well, load that thing up Sept. 12 and truck it over to the Burnet County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the Burnet County BOPATE.

BOPATE, which stands for batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics, is a chance to clear out all those items taking up room in your garage, shed or backyard.

The event is open to residential items only.

The county as well as the municipalities within Burnet County organize the event to provide residents with a place to dispose of many materials. Several other agencies and private companies also step in to help.

Residents can bring the following items to BOPATE:

  • automobile tires (up to 24-inch rim size, but no rims). There is no charge up to 10 tires per household; thereafter, a $2 charge per tire
  • lead-acid batteries
  • cellphones and telephones
  • computer components and parts
  • televisions (no wooden consoles)
  • used motor oil and filters
  • latex paint (no oil-based paints)
  • antifreeze

Officials ask that people bring products in their original and labeled containers; don’t mix or consolidate products; properly seal containers to prevent leaking; and haul containers and materials in the trunk or back of the vehicle away from passengers.

People can also stop by the Adopt-A-Barrel site to make a donation so the event can continue.

While there are many things people can bring, there are many others not accepted. Basically, if it’s not in the categories listed above, BOPATE can’t take it. Some of the items not acceptable are: tires with rims; chemicals of any kind; dioxins; containers larger than 5 gallons; explosives; medical and pharmaceutical items; compressed gas cylinders; fluorescent lamp bulbs; industrial and commercial/business waste; household products labeled “caution,” “warning” or “poison”; and petroleum-based paints, stains and varnishes.

The fairgrounds are located at 1301 Houston Clinton Drive (behind the Burnet municipal airport).

Call Burnet County commissioners Joe Don Dockery at (512) 715-2911 or Russell Graeter at (512) 715-2611 for more information.

editor@thepicayune.com