Speaking of Recycling


I have to say, I felt pretty good about our recycling efforts last week when we put out our garbage for pickup, and the container was only about one-third full. We were home every day and didn’t eat out all week, so it was surprising to see so little waste in there. I have to hand it to Jim for making regular trips to the Recycling Center for us, and even for a neighbor or two occasionally. Just recently, he and a new neighbor took in a couple of old mattresses and box springs. Having a  pickup truck sure comes in handy at times.

Not long after moving here, we bought three big plastic bins of different colors that we use for the recyclables. I know we could get a bin from Waste Management and put it out for pickup, but our three-bin system seems to work well for us, and they serve as a reminder to recycle as much as possible. We keep them right by the back door in the garage, which is the path we’d have to take to the garbage can, so it’s actually a shorter walk to the recycling bins. Oh, and we always separate cardboard from regular paper, and the guys at the center appreciate that.

A lot of you have told me that you take your recyclables to the Recycling Center yourselves, so I know we’re not the only ones who do this. If you’ve never made a run to the Center, it’s very easy to get to, and it’s a fast in-and-out. The workers there will unload everything for you, and they’re quick and courteous. Jim always takes Fred because he gets a little attention while he’s there. No offers to “recycle” him though!

If you think you might take a trip over there to get rid of some of those cardboard boxes left over from Christmas gifts, here’s the info from their web site. They’re open from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Saturday.  Call (281) 367-SAVE — (281) 367-7283 http://people.consolidated.net/window/recycle.htm

The recycling complex is located at 1122 Pruitt Rd. . To get there, take Sawdust Rd. two blocks west of I-45 to Budde Rd. Turn left onto Budde Rd. The road will eventually make a sharp curve to the right, at which point it becomes Pruitt Rd. Proceed down Pruitt Rd. and the Recycling Complex will be on your left. Since the information below was put on the web, they’ve changed their policy on plastics and will now take just about any number. You probably read about it in The Villager.

Recycling Center

The Recycling Center is accepting the following items:

  • Aluminum cans (well-rinsed)
  • Cardboard and paperboard, including cardboard and corrugated boxes
  • Clear, brown, blue, and green glass jars and bottles (well-rinsed, no lids)
  • Paper, newspapers, magazines, phonebooks
  • Plastic containers – #1 and #2 plastics only – turn over item and locate number in triangle (well-rinsed)
  • Yard trimmings (leaves and limbs)
  • Automotive batteries, antifreeze, and motor oil
  • Cooking oil
  • Linens (sheets, blankets, etc…) laundered and in usable condition

The Recycling Center is also taking the following for a nominal handling/disposal fee:

  • Tires
  • Electronics
  • Latex paint
  • Wood and miscellaneous landfill items from residential home improvement projects

The Reycling Center is open from eight a.m. to five p.m. Monday through Saturday (except on County holidays).

Household Chemical Waste Building

For a nominal handling fee, the Household Chemical Waste Building will,take the following: cleansers, polishes, degreasers, drain cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, pool chemicals, herbicides, pestices, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, spray paints, turpentine, solvents, and craft and hobby chemicals.The Household Chemical Waste Building is open every Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month from eight a.m. to five p.m. (except County holidays).

Items the Recycling Complex Does NOT Accept

The Recycling Complex does not accept ammunition, explosives, medical waste, radioactive materials, smoke detecotrs, PCBs, dioxins, business generated waste, or household trash.



About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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