Nearly every city in Texas either has a law or an ordinance banning trash dumping or littering in their cities. Let us not forget that Texas is very proud of our "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign. But more important is the fact there are some items we can't exactly just throw in a trashcan or a dumpster.

Dumping chemicals and other toxic garbage improperly is A) dangerous and B) highly illegal in Texas. I started my Spring cleaning as I was emptying my sheds and project closet I was surprised at how much paint, paint remover, and other dangerous chemicals I had stored away. The big question is where do I dispose of them?

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We are very fortunate to have several recycling sites where we can drop off things like plastic, cardboard, tires, paint, chemicals, and more for recycling. One of those handy neighborhood recycling areas is near the intersection of Buffalo Gap Road and Rebecca Lane.

Then there's the one across the street from Walmart at the intersection of Catclaw and Southwest Drive and one by the Abilene Zoo. Let's not forget about the City of Abilene's super handy Environmental Recycling Center at 2209 Oak Street.

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I believe the City of Abilene does a great job at keeping Abilene beautiful. The Environmental Recycling Center is the place to take your chemicals. This service is available for Abilene residents only.

And whoever came up with the idea to do music videos (as seen below) I think that was a great idea. Encouraging Abilene residents to do the right thing with waste like vehicle tires, paint, liquid chemicals, batteries, and more, check out Abilene's Waste Management websites.

Happy Spring cleaning, and I'll see you at the recycling center.

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With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.

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