Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Recycling in Wichita Falls

I received an email yesterday from a newcomer to Wichita Falls asking about recycling. We do not have (yet) a curbside recycling program, but there are many opportunities available if you are willing to work a little.

Any organic items can be placed in your yard waste container. That includes paper, cardboard, and garbage. Yes, it costs you $3 per month to have this extra container, but you can also pick up free compost from the city three times a year. Personally, I think the city should charge extra to those who don't set aside compostables and therefore have more trash--I probably set out my regular trash every fourth pick up.

If you want to recycle plastics, things are less easy. If you have access to Sheppard AFB, you can take your plastics to the recycling center there. You can also take them to Wal-Mart--they have containers for plastic bottles and plastic bags there.

For more information about recycling in Wichita Falls, you can call me for a (large) poster published by the Clean and Green committee. You can also download a brochure published by the League of Women Voters of Wichita Falls and the Rolling Plains Group of the Lonestar Sierra Club (once you click on the link, scroll down to the publications section and click the recycling brochure.)

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