Published May 29, 2014By Devin Corbitt, News Editor
The City of Belton’s pick-up recycling program has been a huge success since its launch at the beginning of this year.
However, the city has also run two other recycling programs for years that have gone largely unnoticed by residents.
The Household Hazardous Waste and Brush Collection programs are available to all residents within the Belton city limits, regardless of housing type.
The Household Hazardous Waste, in particular, serves as an opportunity for residents to dispose of any hazardous materials in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
“Really, this program is an extension of the recycling program,” Paul Romer, Public Information Officer for Belton, said. “This has actually been in place longer than our recycling program, but its usage is not where it could be, so we’re hoping to create awareness among residents that this is an option. It’s a way to keep (hazardous waste items) out of landfills and to reuse and re-purpose them.”
Despite its convenience, Romer reports that the city has collected fewer than 3,000 pounds of hazardous waste in the past three months.
“We, along with Waste Management, track the numbers of raw amounts of recycling,” Romer said. “As far as hazardous waste, our best way to analyze that is usage. We can look at how many pounds, how many stops, and we’re seeing about 12 stops a month. It’s really an under-utilized part of our trash service.”
Items accepted in the program include motor oil, pesticides, batteries and paint.
“I have one lady whose dog is diabetic, and that’s they way they dispose of her needles,” Amanda Cox, Utility Billing Supervisor for the City of Belton, said.
The city also runs brush collection as part of their recycling efforts.
“We have a truck that runs full-time that picks up brush, and you can schedule pick ups online or by phone with that one as well,” Romer said. “So if you’re doing spring cleaning: brush pick ups.”
Minimal effort is required to participate in the program, which is free to all who live within city limits.
“It’s simple,” Romer said. “You can request a pickup by phone; you can do it online. It’s already part of the fees that people are paying. (Waste Management will) bring the bag to you, you fill the bag up, you seal it and then they come pick it up right from your front porch.”
For a complete list of accepted items or to schedule a pick up, call Waste Management’s call center, (800) 449-7587 or visit http://www.beltontexas.gov and look under the Services tab.
“We’d just like people to be aware that this opportunity is out there,” Romer said. “It’s fairly simple and can help reduce clutter in a home.”