Southlake residents now have access to free, simple and convenient recycling for clothing, shoes and accessories.
The program is part of a partnership between the City of Southlake and Simple Recycling that aligns with the 2035 Health and Wellness Plan to encourage diverting recyclable items from the landfill.
“We encourage residents to continue donating their used goods to their favorite non-profits, but are also excited to begin our partnership with Simple Recycling to offer residents an additional way to recycle,” said Lauren LaNeave, Assistant to the City Manager.
Residents should be receiving a post card with recycling instructions and a recycling bag in the mail. Recycling is easy! Fill your orange bag with your pre-loved clothing, shoes, belts or purses, set your bag out beside your recycling cart on your regular recycling day and your bags will be picked up and new bags left for next time.
There is not a limit to the number of recycling bags that can be placed for recycling.
Eligible recycling items include any clothing, accessories such as hats and jewelry, and even household items such as blankets, curtains, pillows and pans.
“The EPA estimates about 85% of clothing and usable home goods are thrown into a landfill instead of donated. This program offers residents a convenient way to divert these items from the landfill and put them to good use,” LaNeave said. “The initial timeframe of the program was delayed by COVID-19, but we are very excited to get it off the ground.”
Unfortunately, the previous launch date was printed on the mailer sent to all homes this week. Please wait to place bags at the curb until June 15.
The items Simple Recycling collects are sorted based on quality and condition. Top-quality items can be resold to the local thrift store, and others will be exported to international markets or processed for raw materials. To request additional clothing recycling bags, visit www.SimpleRecycling.com, email email@example.com or call 866-835-5068. Click here for more information about trash and recycling services in Southlake.
The City of Southlake reveals the circle of life…. for recycling goods. City Council approved a contract with Great Lakes Recycling Inc., d.b.a. Simple Recycling for the provision of residential soft recycling services during the December 3 City Council meeting.
The company will provide curbside residential collection services to Southlake residents and the City at no cost.
Residents will have the convenience of recycling textiles and household items in just three steps. In order to participate, residents can to fill bags provided by Simply Recycling with their materials and place the bag curbside bright and early on collection day. Drivers from the organization will pick up the bags and leave replacement bags behind. There is no limit to the number of bags that can be placed out for collection.
Materials accepted are men’s, women’s and children’s clothing along with accessories such as jewelry, shoes, purses and hats. Household goods that are accepted are blankets, drapes/curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools silverware pots/pans and more.
Once all items are collected, the materials are graded and sorted based on quality and condition. The top-quality materials will be resold to the local thrift store for about 10-20% while the other 80% is exported to international markets or processed for raw materials like insulation, carpet padding or for the auto industry.
This partnership will allow the City to implement service solutions that will better help serve Southlake residents and is aligned with the 2035 Health and Wellness Plan recommendation to encourage mitigation of waste and diverting trash from the landfill.
So what’s next? Within the next eight-weeks, Simple Recycling will finalize logistics and notify residents of the service by mail. Service is estimated to begin by February 2020.
The temperature is just beginning to fall and that means falling leaves are just around the corner.
The City of Southlake and Republic Services are standing by ready to help you dispose of all of your bags of leaves through the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program.
The City and Republic Services offers curbside leaf recycling for Southlake residents. It’s a great opportunity to place your bagged leaves on the curb and have them picked up for recycling rather than ending up in ending up in the landfill.
Here are this year’s dates for the program and remember to place bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on any or all of the following collection days:
New program dates:
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Please make sure that bagged leaves are physically separated from other solid waste. Residents may bag their leaves using any type of bag.
The City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of valuable landfill space that is used up by yard waste, an activity that in the long-term, removes nutrients from the environment and costs residents more in increased taxes and service fees. A more environmentally friendly disposal option is to recycle leaves and reuse their valuable organic nutrients in landscaped areas.
For information about the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling Program about the leaf recycling dates, please visit the City’s Annual Leaf Recycling page and subscribe to the Trash and Recycling calendar for updates.
Fall has arrived and the chilly weather is soon to begin. This time of year is also the opportunity for Southlake residents to participate in the City’s annual Leaf Recycling Program. The City of Southlake and Republic Services are pleased to offer curbside leaf recycling for Southlake residents. The leaf recycling program gives citizens the opportunity to place their bagged leaves on the curb and have them picked up for recycling rather than ending up in the landfill.
To participate in the program, residents are asked to place their bagged leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the following collection days:
Residents may bag their leaves using any type of bag. Bagged leaves must also be physically separated from other solid waste at the curb.
The City’s Leaf Recycling Program aims to reduce the amount of valuable landfill space that is used up by yard waste, an activity that in the long-term, removes nutrients from the environment and costs residents more in increased taxes and service fees. A more environmentally friendly disposal option is to recycle leaves and reuse their valuable organic nutrients in landscaped areas. Since the program’s inception, Southlake residents have bagged and recycled more than 1900 tons of leaves.
For more information about the City’s Leaf Recycling Program, please visit the City’s garbage and recycling programs webpage.
Hosted by Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC), Green Fest Southlake is a premier opportunity to learn about all the ways to be environmentally friendly, endow a sustainable future, and improve our daily living by going green. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Southlake Town Square will be transformed into a green oasis as vendors, manufacturers and other businesses present products and services about going green and protecting our precious resources. And the best part is, Green Fest Southlake is free to the public!
Join us for a day full of fun including:
Plus: Kids (K – 6th grade) can bring their juice pouches to recycle and be entered into a raffle for a new Apple iPad!
For more information, visit TexasGreenFest.com.
The DIS Recycling Club sponsored a school wide shoe drive for those in need. Any shoes that were no longer wearable were recycled and in some cases, rubber from the shoes will go to resurface playgrounds. The campus community also collected shoes for Terracycle, a company that donates shoes to people in need. Students and staff went throughout their school day without shoes (after donating a pair) to better understand what it’s like for the many people around the globe who do not even own one pair. By the end of the week, the entire school collected 374 pairs of shoes.
Additional DIS Earth Week activities included staff members taking pledges to go electricity/ electronics free for one hour a day, and BYORB (Bring Your Own Refillable Bottle) Day to raise awareness of using refillable water bottles over disposable ones.
The Girl Scout Cadettes in Troop #4036 were hard at work during the Carroll Dragons Home Opener Friday, Aug. 30. The scouts collected over 5000 plastic products during the Kick Off Recycle Program at Dragon Stadium.
The campaign was such a success the dumpster was overflowing with recycle bags and a new eight-yard dumpster is on order. With Dragons continuing to do their part and insuring that only plastic cups, bottles and aluminum cans are placed in the designated green and white recycle bins, Dragons can take pride in saving the environment.
Troop #4036 will be present again at the Dragon game against Midland Lee on Friday, Sept. 6 holding signs and encouraging fans to recycle.