Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood provide an opportunity for residents to do their part to protect the environment by collecting items downtown on the first Saturday of every month. But the October event is a big one.

It’s time for the free semiannual city-wide cleanup, and the usual recyclable materials will be accepted along with electronic equipment, appliances, paints, batteries, antifreeze, motor oil and vehicle tires (limited to eight per household).

The hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday under the Bill Monroe Overpass at Austin Avenue and Avenues A and B.

During previous cleanup days, the “e-waste” collection has proven particularly popular, as businesses and households alike take the opportunity to empty their storage areas of computers, printers, copy machines, video players and recorders, printer cartridges and similar items. A fee will be charged to handle television sets and computer monitors, but it’s worth that small price to know that these components will be disposed of properly.

These events are designed to prevent illegal dumping in the area. Doing so not only helps keep our community more attractive, it also helps keep it safer – not only for children who might happen to discover dangerous items, but for everyone whose water could be contaminated.

Brownwood Bulletin