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.