The City of Cleburne is altering its recycling options to best serve the community.
The City Council directed staff to remove the remote recycling locations across the city after years of abuse and illegal dumping to focus on its essential services. All recycling will be done at the Transfer Station during normal business hours.
“Essentially we’re cleaning up illegal dumping at the remote sites when we could be using that staff time on our essential services such as residential and bulk pickup,” Public Works Director Jeremy Hutt said. “We will focus on maintain and improving our Transfer Station location.”
As part of a 2012 grant program, the city established remote recycling locations along Rose Street, at Whistle Stop, and Carver Park, to join recycling at the Transfer Station. For years the program has suffered from misuse and is no longer effective at meeting the program’s goals. Because of the cross contamination being thrown into the recycling centers, more often than not, staff has to place all the items in the recycling centers in the trash stream.
“During my tenure on the Council this has been a continuous problem,” said Mayor Pro Tem John Warren. “People are not doing what they’re supposed to do in terms of what the recycling centers are there for.”
Based on a study conducted by city staff, the amount of material unable to be recycled and instead put in the trash stream is about 75% at the Rose Street location, 80% at the Whistle Stop location, and 100% at Carver Park. The Transfer Station recycle drop-off has the lowest unrecyclable rate at 40%.
“I consider myself to be an advocate of recycling and environmental efforts that make sense and these don’t make sense,” said Christopher Boedeker, Councilman Single Member District 2. “We’re not accomplishing our goals here and we can use our resources to have a much greater impact on the environmental around us in a way that makes sense and in a way that we’re actually making an impact.”