BOPATE collection day posts record intake

Contributed/Burnet County Judge James Oakley
Members of ISF along with several volunteers assisted in Burnet County BOPATE Collection event.

 

 

By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

Burnet County officials deemed successful a reuse and recycling collection event at a new location due to a wealth of volunteer help and a record intake of old tires and latex paint.

The BOPATE event was held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Burnet County Reuse and Recycle Center, 2411 FM 963, just outside Burnet. BOPATE stands for batteries, oil, paint, antifreeze, tires and electronics.

“It went very well; it was pretty much seamless,” Burnet County Commissioner Joe Don Dockery said. “We filled up two 18-wheelers with tires and one gooseneck trailer full.”

Collections included 15 55-gallon drums of latex paint and 300 gallons of used motor oil.

County officials calculated as many as 258 vehicles (possibly 300 households) dropping off items during the morning-long event.

“Paint and tires would be the two big ones,” he said. “Some of the tires we received was a direct response from our environmental crimes officer.”

Dockery explained that the Burnet County Sheriff's Office Environmental Crimes Unit had handled a number of calls regarding alleged illegal dumping violations such as discarded tires, which are considered disease-harboring mosquito and rodent attractants.

“They directed them (alleged violators) to the event,” he said. “That's really advantageous when the public starts cooperating with us. All we're looking for is compliance.” . . .

Find the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Oct. 30 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for Burnet County. To offer a comment or news tip, email lew@highlandernews.com. To subscribe to the newspaper, call 512-756-6136 or click the "E-Edition" like at the top right-hand corner of the page to subscribe to our online edition.

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