Friday, September 20, 2019

Christmas Tree Recycling Program

If you’re not sure what to do with your Christmas tree after Christmas, recycle it! Recycling your tree saves valuable landfill space. Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.

Through the City of Southlake’s Christmas Tree recycling Program, residents can drop off their bare trees at Bicentennial Park and the City will turn the trees into wood chips. The environmentally friendly wood chips are made available to residents and can be used as mulch that can be placed in and around flower beds and gardens. During the 2015 program, approximately 652 trees were recycled through the Christmas Tree Recycling Program! So bring your bare trees (without decorations or a base) to the Bicentennial Park entrance off 1709 and the city with turn the tree into wood chips. Program dates are listed below.

Drop-off: December 19 – January 15

Mulch Pickup: January 16 – January 29

For more information on this and other programs, visit the Keep Southlake Beautiful page or call 817.748.8019.

New Trash and Recycling Contract Takes Effect October 1

On October 1, 2014, the City’s new waste collection contract with Republic Waste Services will take effect. As part of the new contract, the rate—reflected on water bills, will increase by $0.17 per month, from $14.23 to $14.40. This breaks down to $9.50 per month for solid waste, $3.80 per month for recycling and $1.10 tax.  Commercial rates also will be adjusted as well to reflect a 1.18% increase.

This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, and bundled brush collection.

As Southlake’s solid waste and recycling provider since 2007, Republic maintains a 90% satisfaction rate.

If you have questions about the fee increase or the City’s contract, please call the City at 817-748-8400.  If you have questions about your pickup days or are in need of some of Republic’s special services, please call 817-317-2424.

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

Take Your Eco-Friendly Efforts to the Next Level at Green Fest Southlake March 29

GreenFest

Unlike Kermit the Frog, the organizers of Green Fest Southlake want Southlake residents to know it is easy to be green! Learn how-to be environmentally friendly in your home or business everyday and invest in a sustainable future at the 6th Annual Green Fest Southlake on March 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square. The family-friendly event is free to the public.

Hosted for the first time by Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC) in Southlake, the purpose of the event is to provide a fun, educational forum for residents and business owners to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources.

According to Audra Lewandowski, event founder and board member for BJNC, she previously hosted the event through GreenFellows, Inc., a Southlake-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about going green.

“GreenFellows was much smaller than BJNC and we realized that if we wanted to take the event to the next level, we needed the support of a larger organization. BJNC has a similar mission and is a natural fit for Green Fest,” explains Lewandowski, noting all funds raised at Green Fest will go to fund environmental restoration projects at BJNC.

Rustin Park will be transformed into an environmental showcase of eco-friendly exhibitors and products focusing on how-to go the extra mile to be green. Attendees can expect to see the latest energy-efficient solutions for the home and business, as well as product demonstrations. Additional activities include:

  • Live entertainment
  • Bounce house
  • Prizes drawings (tickets $5 each) – individual buckets for each item
  • Juice pouch recycling contest for kids up to 12 years old – an Apple iPad will be given to the winner
  • More than  30 exhibitors including:
    • Rapid Refill of Grapevine – bring empty toner and ink cartridges to recycle
    • Central Market
    • Whole Earth Provision Company
    • SmartWool – giving away 300 pairs of wool socks
    • It’s Organic to You
    • Elevation Health
    • Daylight Rangers
    • NaturePedic Organic Mattresses
    • Batteries Plus – bring old batteries to recycle

“We want Green Fest to be a fun family event, but more importantly, to raise awareness about what else can done to live a sustainable life. Most people in Southlake recycle and have switched to LED light bulbs, but there is more they can do to be green without spending a lot of money. As consumers, we need to recognize that it is hard to find a product that doesn’t have a green alternative  ̶  from cars and carpet to cleaning solutions,”  adds Lewandowski.

Green Fest Southlake is free admission to the public. For additional information, go to www.TexasGreenFest.com.

New Trash and Recycling Contract Takes Effect October 1

New automated recycling trucks in Republic's fleet.

On October 1, 2013, the new waste collection contract with Republic Waste Services will take effect. New service changes include enhanced recycling services that not only increase the ease and efficiency of the existing recycling program, but give residents more opportunities to recycle.

Throughout the month of September, Republic delivered new 95-gallon carts to all Southlake residents. These carts are for recycling only and will be used with Republic’s new fleet of energy-efficient trucks equipped with robotic arms to more efficiently collect recycling. Beginning October 1, Republic will only collect recycling from the new carts. Residents should place the new carts with the wheels to the curb and front facing the street, at least three feet from mailboxes or fences, and five feet from vehicles by 7a.m. on their recycling day. This will ensure that the trucks will be able to safely pick up the carts and that cart lids will open and close properly, preventing debris or collection of rain.

Assistant to the City Manager, Caroline Eckel reminds everyone, “Residents are free to keep their smaller bins if they choose and use them inside their homes. However, if they prefer to dispose of them, they can just place them inside the new carts, and Republic will pick them up.”

Eckel, who is also the City’s liaison to Republic adds that the use of the new carts and this transition to automated recycling is a response to requests the City received from previous citizen satisfaction surveys and community members who have expressed an interest in larger recycling containers. While many residents enjoy the flexibility that the 95 gallon cart provides, for some the carts are too large for their individual needs. For those residents, the City does have an option available for a smaller 65 gallon cart. To request the smaller cart, residents can contact the City’s main phone line at 817-748-8400.

The rate adjustment is also scheduled to take place October 1, 2013. As part of the new contract, the rate—reflected on water bills, will increase by $1.38 per month, from $12.85 to $14.23. This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, automated recycling collection once each week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection events, bulk collection, and bundled brush collection.

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

New Recycling Carts Will Begin to Roll Out on September 9

Residents were notified in July that this fall the City of Southlake will introduce enhanced recycling services through Republic Waste Services. Many of the changes include additions and improvements that not only increase the ease and efficiency of the current recycling program, but give residents more opportunities to recycle.

The automated recycling collection system is new to residential collection in Southlake. Republic Waste Services is equipped with a new fleet of trucks using attached robotic arms to more efficiently collect recycling. This new system allows for the use of large cart receptacles with wheels which will be provided to residents free of cost.

Residents should be on the lookout for their new rolling recycling carts to be delivered to their homes by Republic Waste Services beginning September 9 between 8a.m. and 5p.m. each day. Delivery will begin with the Monday collection area. Upon completion of this area deliveries will continue in the following order: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please be aware that carts will not necessarily be delivered on the same day as recycling is collected.

Republic Waste Services will be using the Southlake Public Works Operations Center, at 1950 E Continental Boulevard, to assemble the new recycling carts. Therefore, residents of the South Hollow neighborhood and those residing south of the center on Woodsy Court and Timberline Court should be aware of increased truck traffic during assembly and delivery of the new carts.

Upon receipt of these new carts, residents should begin use immediately. The existing bins may be kept by residents for personal, in-home use or be placed in the new cart for pickup by Republic.

To ensure recycling pick up, residents should be sure to place their new carts on the curb with facing front and at least 5 feet away from all vehicles and 3 feet away from other objects—including their trash cart, mailboxes, and trees.

The current monthly rate is $12.85. To provide residents with the enhanced service opportunities, the monthly rate will increase to $14.23. This new rate, which takes effect October 1, will not change trash pickup dates or frequencies. Residents will continue to see trash collection two times per week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, bundled brush collection, and automated recycling collection once each week.

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

 

Enhanced Recycling Opportunities coming to Southlake Oct. 1

This fall the City of Southlake will introduce enhanced recycling services through Republic Waste Services. Many of the changes include additions and improvements that not only increase the ease and efficiency of the current recycling program, but give residents more opportunities to recycle.

In March of 2007, the City of Southlake entered into a contract with Republic Waste Services of Texas for all residential and commercial refuse collection. This contract included a performance measure requiring an 85% level of resident service satisfaction. In the years since, Republic has maintained a satisfaction rate significantly above 85%, reaching 97% in 2011 according to the most recent Citizen Survey.

“Due to the high satisfaction levels and the long term successful relationship the City has had with Republic, City Council voted to enhance and extend the contract with Republic Waste Services,” said Caroline Eckel, Assistant to the City Manager. “There is also an option for another five years if things continue to go well.”

The current monthly rate is $12.85. To provide residents with the enhanced service opportunities detailed below, the monthly rate will increase to $14.23. This new rate includes trash collection two times per week, bagged grass collection, curbside leaf recycling, a household hazardous waste collection event, bulk collection, bundled brush collection, and automated recycling collection once each week.

The automated recycling collection system is new to residential collection in Southlake. Republic Waste Services has a new fleet of trucks with robotic arms attached to more efficiently collect recycling. This new system allows for the use of large cart receptacles with wheels which will be provided to residents free of cost.

With the increased success of the curbside leaf recycling program hosted by Keep Southlake Beautiful, it has become a permanent service enhancement provided by Republic Waste Services. During the program’s pilot period, Southlake residents have bagged and recycled close to 550 tons of leaves. Its success has helped provide local landscapes with necessary organic matter and nutrients.

The rate changes are scheduled to take place October 1, 2013. Starting in mid-September, Duncan Disposal will start delivering the new recycle carts and pick up the old ones. “Residents are free to keep their smaller bins if they choose and use them inside their homes,” said Eckel who is also the City’s liaison to Republic. “But if they want them picked up, they can just place them in the new carts and Republic will take care of the rest.”

For more information about the City’s Garbage and Recycling services, please visit www.CityofSouthlake.com/GarbageandRecycling.

 

 

Local Girl Scouts Bring Recycling To Dragon Stadium

Dragon Stadium is now greener than ever before. Troop #4036 of the Junior Girl Scouts kicked off their recycling initiative at Carroll Senior High Graduation on Friday, June 7. The effort to implement environmentally-sound practices will become routine at football games on Friday nights at Dragon Stadium thanks to Troop #4036. The Girls Scouts were busy working hours after the Commencement ceremony had ended by picking up nearly 3,000 empty bottles of water. Troop Leader Shannan Needleman was thrilled when Republic Recycling informed her that the bottles collected from Graduation will be recycled and back on the shelves in less than three months.

Carroll ISD is committed to preventing waste and promoting efficiency at all eleven campuses. According to Director of Facilities Chauncey Willingham, each campus has a reuse, reduce and recycle plan. Principals designate a teacher, usually from the science department, to head up the effort. Students are encouraged to wisely dispose of their recyclable items throughout the day with a focus on lunchtime in the cafeteria. Also, items no longer needed in a campus are donated, rather than thrown away.