Recycling

Our mission is the conservation of natural resources through education and management of all aspects of solid and hazardous waste, recycling, and overuse of resources.

Recycling

Be Eco-Friendly—Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

WE are the earth’s greatest resource. We can find ways to reduce and better manage our stream of trash through a coordinated mix of practices that includereducing the amount of waste, reusing what we can, and recycling the many materials that can be used as raw supplies for new products. The use of recycled materials in industry is fast becoming an industry standard. The average home disposes of five pounds of trash per person each day, or, about 35 pounds of trash per person every week. In a year, that means 22 million tons of trash is generated just in the state of Texas. Almost 67% of the trash makes its way into our landfills—landfills that are running out of capacity, and new landfills are very difficult to open.

Reduce

  • Select products with very little packaging—consider packaging waste before buying.
  • Don’t buy more than required.
  • Plan ahead and avoid impulse buying.
  • Use refillable containers.
  • Buy in bulk to save on packaging disposal.
  • Buy products that contain recycled materials in packaging and content.
  • Look for higher quality goods that are made to last a long time.
  • Start a compost pile to reduce volume of grass and leaves going to the landfill.
  • Fix broken toys and appliances instead of throwing them away (or give them to someone who will).

Reuse

Reuse everything possible. Reusable products and containers result in less waste, which results in conservation of raw materials and natural resources. Many products are designed for more than one use, such as using a coffee cup instead of disposable foam cups. Examine labels to see if the product is recycled or recyclable. Choose packaging that is post consumer. Glass containers average over 30% post consumer recycled content and aluminum is continually recyclable.

Recycle

Recycling is the process by which materials are collected and used as raw materials for new products. Recycling saves potentially useful materials from ending up in a landfill or from being burned.

  • Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour! Most of them are thrown away, but could be recycled.
  • Each aluminum can that is recycled saves enough electric energy to run a television for three hours.

Products labeled as containing ‘post-consumer’ content means that the product was made with materials that have been used by consumers, rather than with materials from the original production process using virgin materials. And, by purchasing recycled goods, consumers are creating higher demand for recycling.

Examine labels to see if the product is recycled or recyclable. Look for the wordsRECYCLED or RECYCLABLE. Ask the store manager to stock both recyclable products and products packaged in recycled material.

  • Consider the use of alternatives to harsh chemicals. When you use paints, chemicals and other types of hazardous waste, dispose of them properly.
  • Reduce your waste by reusing. Avoid over-packaged contents in the things you buy.
  • Recycle everything that can be recycled: paper, cardboard and all types of metals. Compost your yard clippings, and use that compost instead of fertilizer.
  • Use mulch instead of chemicals to reduce weed groth in flower beds.
  • Conserve energy by turning off lights and televisions when they are no longer being used.
  • Reduce thermostat of heating and cooling, by even a single degree. Buy ’energy efficient’ or 'Energy Star' appliances. Use less gasoline by becoming conscious of your driving habits; combine trips when running errands.
  • Inspire your friends and neighbors to be environmentally conscious. Teach those around you by setting a good example.
  • Start a compost pile to reduce volume of grass and leaves going to the landfill.
  • Fix broken toys and appliances instead of throwing them away (or give them to someone who will).
 

Recycling Locations

Pct. 1 – City of Kaufman and Surrounding Areas
Where: Kaufman Citizen’s Convenience Station located at East First North and Alton Streets (701 N. Alton)
When: Wednesday –Saturday 9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Recycling Center - 972-932-2161
Pct. 1 Maintenance Barn - 972-932-3684
No permit needed for recycling

Kaufman Recycling Center - 972-932-2161
Kaufman City Hall & Public Works - 972-932-2216
Kaufman County Courthouse - 972-932-4331
Pct. 1 Maintenance Barn - 972-932-3684
Aluminum, steel, and tin cans

Should be rinsed, labels ok

Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, office and school paper

Can be mixed

#1 and #2 plastic bottles and containers

Should be rinsed, labels ok; no plastic bags or packaging

Cardboard

Must be clean, flatten corrugated boxes

Oil and oil filters

Residents only recycle at Pct. 1 Maintenance Barn, 600 N. Nash, Kaufman

Brush – Mulch

Will only accept brush by permit. However, mulch is available to residents at no charge.

Tires

Limit 4 per residence per day.

Pct. 2 Forney and Surrounding Areas
CITY OF FORNEY OFFERS CURBSIDE RECYCLING
County residents not inside Forney city limits:
Where: Outside Forney maintenance barn located at (Corner of FM 741 and 2932)
When: Monday – Friday 7am – 3:30pm
For information call:
Pct. 2 Maintenance Barn: 972-564-7282
No permit needed for recycling

City of Forney - 972-564-3148
Pct. 2 Maintenance Barn - 972-564-7282
Kaufman County Courthouse - 972-932-4331
Pct. 2 Subcourthouse, Forney - 972-564-4054
Aluminum, steel, and tin cans

Should be rinsed, labels ok

Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, office and school paper

Can be mixed

Cardboard

Must be clean, empty, and flattened

#1 and #2 plastic bottles and containers

Should be rinsed, labels ok; no plastic bags or packaging

Oil and oil filters SEALED CONTAINERS ONLY

Residents only (no commercial) recycle at Pct. 2 Maintenance Barn, Corner of FM740 and FM2932, Forney

Pct. 3 Terrell and Surrounding Areas

Due to security concerns from US Marshals, Kaufman County has relocated the recycling center in Terrell at Delphine and High St, behind the sub courthouse, to 1100 Airport Road. This site was provided by Kaufman County grants and on-going efforts to provide environmental stewardship options for its citizens. We strongly encourage those of you who used this facility to please contact the Mayor and City Council men and women of Terrell to let them know of your recycling needs.

Currently citizens of Terrell and surrounding areas are able to continue recycling at 1100 Airport Road, Terrell TX. The Recycling Plant is open 7:30am to 3:00pm. This location collects ALL types of plastics, cans, paper, and cardboard.

When:
24 hrs a day/7 days a week drop off for Paper, Cardboard, Plastics #1 & #2, and Cans
Co-op Members may drop off Electronics for free anytime during Plant Operating Hours
Environmental Co-op: 972-524-0007
Pct3 Maintenance Barn: 972-563-5362
No permit needed for recycling
Where: 1100 Airport Rd (From Hwy34, East .5 mi on Airport Rd)

Terrell City Hall - 972-551-6604
Pct. 3 Convenience Station (CR 319, north of Terrell between FM 429 and Hwy. 34) - 972-551-6628
Kaufman Co. Courthouse - 972-932-4331
Pct. 3 Maintenance Barn - 972-563-5362
Pct. 3 Sub-Courthouse - 972-563-9611
Aluminum, steel, and tin cans

Should be rinsed, labels ok

Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, office and school paper

Can be mixed

Cardboard

Must be clean, empty, and flattened

#1 and #2 plastic bottles and containers

Should be rinsed, labels ok; no plastic bags or packaging

Oil and oil filters

Residents only (no commercial) recycle at Pct. 3 Maintenance Barn, 601 E. Nash, Terrell

Brush and Mulch

City of Terrell and Pct. 3 residents: can take one 16-ft trailer load of brush per month at no charge. City of Terrell residents can also put trash on curb for collection on Thursday or Friday. Citzens can pick up mulch from Convenience Station at no charge–you load.

Pct.4 Kemp and Surrounding Areas
Where: Kemp Eco- Station (Recycling & Convenience Station)
6520 Plainview Drive off US 175 (North side of Frontage Rd)
When: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. –-3:30 p.m.
Eco-Station Direct: 903-498-4135
No permit needed for recycling

Kemp Eco-Station 6520 Plainview, Kemp - 903-498-4135
Aluminum, steel, and tin cans

Should be rinsed, labels ok

Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, office and school paper

Can be mixed

Cardboard

Must be clean, empty, and flattened

#1 and #2 plastic bottles and containers

Should be rinsed, labels ok; no plastic bags or packaging

Oil and oil filters

Residents only (no commercial)

Batteries

Car, lithium and rechargeable

Tires

Limit 4 per household per day

Recycling FAQs

Why should I recycle?

Recycling is one of the easiest ways every citizen can contribute to a cleaner environment. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. It’s wasteful not to recycle. Some of the key benefits of recycling:

  • Conserves landfill space
  • Saves energy required to make products from virgin resources
  • Prevents pollution caused by the extraction and processing of virgin materials
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, minerals, fossil fuel and water
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Saves money on disposal costs
Where can I recycle in Kaufman County?

Click here to locate the recycling drop-off site nearest you. Or call the Environmental Co-op at 972-524-0007.

Do I pay to recycle at the drop-off sites?

The drop-off sites are provided at no cost to citizens through grants from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with the cities and Kaufman County. Cost of municipal curbside recycling programs in included in the monthly refuse fee.

Why can’t I recycle glass in Terrell and Pct. 2?

Recyclable materials go to a processor, or Material Recovery Facility (MRF), for sorting, handling and marketing. Our processor does not have a market for glass at this time due to the low price for unprocessed glass. It is not economically feasible for every processor to take glass at this time. If we see an upturn in the market, we will accept glass. The Kaufman and Pct. 4 Recycling locations still take glass because they have a different processor.

Can I recycle my plastic grocery bags?

You can recycle them by taking them back to the store where you got them. Most large retail chains provide a container to put returned plastic bags in? We don’t take plastic bags at the recycling centers due to the difficulty it causes the processor when the bags get hung up in their sorting equipment.

You can also find creative ways to REUSE bags. Check this website for creative ways to reuse plastic bags:
http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/gallery/0,21863,1097755,00.html

I collect my plastic bottles and cans in a plastic bag and then take the bag to the nearest recycling location. Why do I have to take the bottles and cans out of the bag before putting the stuff into the recycling container?

When materials get to the MRF, they are sorted by people on an assembly line. The sorters are not allowed to open bags on the sort line due to health reasons. Materials in bags are discarded. It’s best to open the bags and them dump the materials into the recycling container.

Why do I have to rinse my bottles and cans?

A quick rinse helps eliminate odor and pests between visits to the drop-off sites and make for cleaner processing

Electronics Recycling

Due to popular demand, we have partnered with ECS and been awarded a grant by Apple to continue offering regular electronics recycling events around Kaufman County! Most electronics have hazardous materials in them including heavy metals, arsenic, and more, making them difficult and costly to dispose of properly. Our electronics drives allow the comfort in knowledge that the items are recycled and the toxins are handled properly; convenient locations all over Kaufman County; and ease on finances as all electronics, small appliances, cell phones, batteries, and more are accepted free of charge. The only exception is the fee for monitors and TV's due to the cost of the recycling process. All monitors are only $5. TV's up to ……. And all other electronics are free including: computers, keyborards, laptops, scanners, printers, copiers/fax machines, cell/corded phones, ink jet and laser cartridges, stereos, all types of batteries, small appliances and much more.

Paper Shredding Events

Whenever possible, we try to partner with local businesses to offer free paper shredding at the same time and location as our electronics events. Without sponsorship, shredding is not possible at all locations.

Plastics

There are about 50 different groups of plastics, with hundreds of different varieties. Although most plastics are recyclable, most municipal programs take #1s and #2s. To make sorting and recycling easier, the American Society of Plastics Industry developed a standard marking code to help consumers identify and sort the main types of plastic. To determine the type of plastic container, check the bottom or side for the number in the small triangle. These types and their most common uses are:

PET (or PETE) - Polyethylene terephthalate – Fizzy drink bottles; water bottles
HDPE - High-density polyethylene – Bottles for milk and washing liquids such as detergents
PVC - Polyvinyl chloride – Food trays; cling film; bottles mineral water and shampoo
LDPE - Low density polyethylene – Carrier bags and bin liners.
PP - Polypropylene – Margarine tubs; microwaveable meal trays; yogurt containers PS - Polystyrene – Foam meat or fish trays; hamburger boxes and egg cartons; vending cups OTHER - Any other plastics that do not fall into any of the above categories.

 

Recycling Cell Phones

Cell phones contain no less than 8 toxic substances including: arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc.

Obsolete cellular phones are becoming a very large part of our waste stream. Over 65 million cellular phones are stockpiled in U.S. households, creating 30,000 tons of potentially hazardous waste. This year an estimated 130 million cellular phones will be discarded annually in the U. S. alone.

On the average, Americans replace their cellular phones every 18 months, and it is predicted that this will increase to every 12 months. Because of this, the Co-op has started a cellular phone recycling collection program for unwanted cellular telephones and accessories. We hope you will take advantage of this free disposal opportunity.

Collection boxes are located in the lobbies of these environmentally-conscious businesses:

Environmental Co-op Office - 401 E. Adelaide St., Terrell, TX
Kaufman Trash Disposal & Recycling Center - 400 Alton St., Kaufman 972-932-2161
Century 21, Schaeffer & Associates L.L.C. - 705 W. Moore Ave. (Hwy 80), Terrell, TX
Kaufman County Precinct 4 ECO-Station - 6520 Plainview Dr., (Hwy 175) Kemp, TX

 


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