The city of Stephenville's annual household hazardous waste collection will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Municipal Service Center, located at 1201 Glen Rose Highway.

This service is provided to Stephenville residents free of charge, but they must first obtain a voucher from City Hall before they can drop items off on Saturday. Proof of residency will also be required. Although there is no cost to the individual resident, the city antes up $47 per voucher for the service.

“We want to run as efficient a collection campaign as possible," Nick Williams, public works director said. "The cost to the city is the same whether someone brings in one item or 20.”

Williams also emphasized that water-based paint is not considered hazardous.

“In fact, residents can remove the lid off the paint can, let the paint dry and dispose of it with their regular garbage,” Williams said.

Residents are asked to leave products in their original containers. If the materials are not in the original containers or the label is missing, residents are advised to re-label containers with as much information as possible about the product. Materials should be grouped into boxes and transported in the trunk of a car or the bed of a truck.

Acceptable waste includes acids, aerosol cans, batteries, antifeeze, brake fluid, craft chemicals, hobby chemicals, degreasers, drain cleaners, fertilizer, fluorescent lights, herbicides, household chemicals, paints, stains, paint thinners, pest strips, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, oil filters, solvents, transmission fluid and varnishes.

Unacceptable waste includes electronics, ammunition, asbestos, explosives, propane and butane cylinders, medical waste, radioactive material, smoke detectors, tires and waste generated by businesses.

For more information about the program, call Williams at 918-1223.