Friday, May 30, 2008

Recycling in North Texas

According to the environmental group, Natural Resources Defense Council, in five years recycling could be easier on the budget than throwing things in the landfill. Of course, even right now recycling is cheaper in terms of the cost to our environment, so if you aren't already recycling get a move on!

And please don't use, "my city doesn't pick it up" as an excuse. I have a good friend who lives in an apartment and she was dedicated enough to buy her own bins and then takes them to one of the MANY drop-off points in Denton. They are listed below:

  • Northlakes- Windsor Dr. @ Hinkle Dr.
  • Shady Oaks- Dallas Dr. @ Shady Oaks
  • Piggly Wiggly- 619 Sherman Dr.
  • Cupboard Natural Foods- Congress @ N. Elm St.
  • The Landfill- Mayhill @ Spencer Rd.

And I've seen many places that have paper recycling collection in the parking lot, especially schools.

What can I recycle you ask?

What can't you recycle? If you use your imagination you can reuse or recycle almost anything. If you have kids, they'll use almost anything for art projects. This is a great site to get ideas on how to recycle or reuse items. It's a UK site, but reuse ideas are reuse ideas. The latest is how to use that Aquanet that you no longer need now that you've moved into the 21st century.

In April, the Denton Record Chronicle published a comprehensive article listing tons of places to take those odd things not taken by the city collection. Also, go to Time to Recycle for information about your city's recycling program, they have almost fifty cities/counties listed, so you'll probably be able to find your North Texas city. If your city isn't on there, contact your city or the company that picks up your recycling for more information. That's what I did, emailed Waste Management and got a super-quick response for my request – a complete list of what they do and don't take.

Sam's Club is now giving free shipping to send in electronics. You may even get a free gift card if the item still has value. Although, if you think it might still be valuable, you might Freecycle the item – good karma.

Speaking of good karma, if you have anything that might be of value to someone else's house donate it to the Denton County ReStore! This is run by Habitat for Humanity and the proceeds go to build affordable homes in Denton County for families.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear someone else say "I don't have curbside recycling..." isn't an excuse.
It's a whine.


I've been recycling in Denton since 1991, and it was really no big thing before curbside. Once you get your storage bins and get into the swing, it's just a household chore. Nothing.

There's no way to continue justifying lazy indifference to our community.

The earth is really, truly ALL our concern.