What the city of Odessa is doing to help residents get rid of household items

Where you can dump those items, for free!

ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- Furniture, toxic waste and electronics are just a few things residents of Odessa can take to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection facility free of charge.

HHW supervisor, Rachel Koranteng, says there is never an excuse to illegally dump. “There’s no point in leaving it there when we have this facility set up.”

“Microwaves, the old fashion TV’s if you get a new TV bring it over here we can recycle it properly for you. It’s a major issue here where we have to get our guys going out all the time to pick up mattresses and couches on the side of the road,” says Koranteng.

“We have a bulky items collection facility that we recently started about two years ago we ask citizens please do not drop your mattresses on the side of the road, your furniture in the alley that’s illegal dumping.”

Not only does illegal dumping look bad but it’s also a safety hazard.

According to the HHW supervisor, “all those chemicals and even mattresses have chemicals in it that when you dump it illegally and it rains the chemicals get into our water system and we don’t want that to occur.”

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is only for City residents, but, that doesn’t mean they won’t help others outside of city limits.

Koranteng says “if you live outside of Odessa you can always call me at 432-368-3546 and I can research for you if it’s chemicals, bulk items tree limbs, I can research a company and help them come to your home and pick it up for you. We will help you get rid of it, we will find information companies, private companies, to come out even if they’re in different parts of the country they’ll come out and help you out.”

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