A couple of weeks ago as I was leaving in the morning I noticed a blue bin sitting by my empty trash cans. It was the highlight of my morning seeing that bin, the symbol of easy environmental stewardship sitting on my front lawn. No more storing aluminum and steel cans in separate bags and making quarterly treks to the scrap metal center and no more guilt every time I killed off a gallon of moo-juice and threw the empty container in the trash. I wanted curbside recycling in my neighborhood for some time and finally it arrived.
A little later in the day, I went out and kicked over the bin to see if there were instructions or any type of information about what could be recycled and what day recycling is picked up for my subdivision. Unfortunately, there wasn’t. I waited for the newsletter to come out for the month and there was nothing there either so I began to poke around to get the scoop on what was going on.
A quick call to WCA’s Houston Residential Office set everything straight. First, the recycling plan was added last minute which is why the documentation is slow to reach people. Secondly, I found out that this recycling was added to the Copperbrook and Hannover subdivisions because most of MUD 130 has had recycling for a number of years. I was told to check WCA’s website (www.wcawaste.com/houston) for a detailed list of what recyclable items are accepted. The direct link to Houston residential recycling information can be accessed by clicking here.
For Houston’s Copperbrook and Hannover subdivisions, recycling collection occurs as part of Thursday trash service. I have noticed it is a separate vehicle that does the collection. The list of what WCA accepts is very promising and I was told that on top of everything they already accept they will begin accepting glass, both clear and colored, as of May 1, 2010. Here is a breakdown of what can be recycled in Copperbrook, Hannover and any other Houston, Copperfield subdivision that WCA services for recycling:
Recycling paper products
Accepted: Newspaper, magazines, phone books, catalogs, envelopes, file folders, corrugated cardboard boxes, non corrugated cardboard products
Not accepted: Waxy paper such as paper half-gallon milk containers, paper containers with food waste on them such as pizza boxes, tissue, paper towels, toilet paper and carbon paper.
Recycling metal products
Accepted: Aluminum, steel, tin and copper products. Aluminum foil, old metal pots and pans are acceptable as well as empty steel and tin cans.
Not accepted: Metal coat hangers, electronic devices or any type of product with hazardous or toxic materials in it.
Accepted: Plastic products with a recycle symbol and the number 1-7 inside the recycle symbol. This is most plastics including milk, soda, shampoo and most other products available in plastic containers
Not accepted: Plastics with food or liquid still in them, plastic bags, Styrofoam products (including packing peanuts).
Even those who are not environmentally conscious can take a couple minutes to separate the recyclables. It’s good for the environment, sure, but it also lowers the cost of trash, water and sewer services provided by the Municipal Utility District in Houston. The district gets a fair portion of the proceeds from Houston recycling and this is added to the budget for the district which translates into lower fees and quicker payoff of MUD bonds!
WCA services all of M.U.D. 130 as well as many other areas in Houston. They operate in 12 states and own 24 landfills. Curbside recycling in the Copperfield, Copperbrook and Hannover, Houston areas is here. Start recycling today and do your part to go green.