December 8, 2007

Home Chemical Waste Disposal

Did you know the City of Dallas has a chemical waste disposal site close to the L Streets? Check this out:

Sanitation Services
Home Chemical Waste Disposal

Dallas residents have two options for home chemical waste disposal: drop-off service at the Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3) or any Home Chemical Collection event provided by the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network.

Both services are free to Dallas residents.

Please bring a driver's license and a recent utility bill stub to prove residency.

Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3)
11234 Plano Road
Dallas, Texas 75243
Mapsco 28-A
(214) 553-1765

The HC3 is located at 11234 Plano Road, one mile north of IH-635 (LBJ Freeway). The facility is the first building past the railroad tracks (heading north on Plano Road) on the east side of Plano Road. The building is easily identifiable by its white color and bright turquoise trim.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Second Saturday of each month: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Effective June 1, 2002, the HC3 will also be open the fourth Saturday of every month: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Home Chemical Collection Events
For information about collections events, call (214) 553-1765.

Items Accepted at HC# and Collection Events Include:

Pool and yard chemicals
Craft/hobby supplies
Batteries of all kinds
Automotive fluids, oil filters, used motor oil
Paint and home repair products
Household cleaners and chemicals
Fluorescent light tubes
Home computers
Cell phones
DO NOT Bring these Items:

Business or medical waste
Containers larger than 5 gallons
Explosive or shock-sensitive materials
Common recyclables (aluminum, plastic, glass)
Smoke detectors or other radioactive materials
The Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center (HC3) now accepts personal computers and cellular phones from City of Dallas residents (the City is one of the HHW Network participating cities).

Acceptable Items:

Personal computers & laptops
Circuit boards
Cables and wiring
Battery backup systems
Cellular phones with batteries
Prohibited Items:
Dumb terminals
Fax machines
Analog phones
Any other electronics or appliances
Questions about this new service may be referred to (214) 553-1765.

Other Participating Cities
In addition to Dallas, other Dallas County cities participate in the program. Non-Dallas residents should call their own cities to confirm program participation or call (214) 553-1765. Do not call the City of Dallas if you are a resident of another city.

This program is paid for by cities participating in the Dallas Area Household Hazardous Waste Network, County of Dallas and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The program receives additional support by donations from Exide Batteries and L&S Productions.

Calloway's Timely Tips for January

Calloway’s Checklist for January

Colder weather is finally here but there is still plenty which can be done in your gardens. Take advantage of nice days and get a jump start on Spring!

1. Plant trees and shrubs at any time

2. Finish planting all Tulip and Hyacinth bulbs (which have been pre- chilled) and Daffodils (which do not need chilling)

3. Cold tolerant annual color, such as Pansies, Alyssum, and Dianthus can also be planted

4. Existing color in beds or containers can be fertilized using a water soluble complete fertilizer

5. Prune fruit trees and grapes

6. Prune evergreen shrubs, both evergreen and conifers

7. Do not top Crape Myrtles; the only pruning is to remove damaged branches

8. Prune summer blooming shrubs and vines

9. Mulch all flowerbeds or new plantings

10. Divide and transplant fall and summer blooming perennials, such as Garden Mums, Cannas, Coneflowers, Salvias

11. Start preparing your vegetable garden by adding compost-also beginning the planning stages of your garden

12. Have your soil tested by Calloway’s

December 4, 2007

Calloway's Timely Tips for December

Checklist for December

This month we are going to talk about a list of things that can be done during the approaching winter months.

1. It is still a good time to plant trees and shrubs.

2. Plant any cool weather color, such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Flowering Cabbage and Kale.

3. Fertilize cool season grasses, such as Fescue. Water thoroughly afterwards.

4. Prune summer flowering shrubs and vines now. They will bloom on new growth. Remember-do not top your Crape Myrtles! Simply prune to remove seed heads and shape.

5. Buy frost cloth to have on hand to protect cold tender plants.

6. Mulch well to help protect roots and eliminate winter weeds.

7. Don’t forget to water your landscape during the winter months!

This is also a great time to start planning changes or additions to your landscape. Bring a sketch or photo and let our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals assist you!