Reducing waste is another goal that the City of College Station is focusing on. A great way to do this is to recycle! In many single-family, duplex, and even some four-plex neighborhoods, curbside recycling pick-up is already in place. Once a week you can put out items such as papers, aluminum & steel cans, brown & clear glass, and plastics 1 & 2. This pickup also takes car batteries. If the area you live in doesn’t have curbside recycling, don’t feel left out—there are many places around Bryan-College Station to which you can take your recycling! Normally when people think about recycling, they focus on paper, cardboard, and plastics—but many more things can be recycled. There is a great pamphlet created by the City that lists items you can recycle and where recycling collection for each item happens. These items include automobile waste, appliances, batteries, computers & print cartridges, glass of all kinds, metal, plastic bottles & bags, yard waste, cardboard, packing peanuts, paper, cell phones, paint, CFL’s, and more! Many of the locations are recyclers of more than one item type, and some are even stores. Once you start collecting items, try to make recycling part of your weekly (or monthly) errand running or shopping routine. If you have a hard time collecting enough items to warrant a trip, talk to your friends and neighbors about collecting recycling together.
Twice a year in Bryan-College Station, there is a Household Hazardous Waste Collection. For one weekend in April and October, this collection takes contaminated fuels, oils, antifreeze, chemicals, and solvents (like paint). They also collect computers, batteries, and CFLs.
As you can see, there are so many items that can be recycled and so many places to recycle! If you’re already a pro at recycling, remember to buy goods/products made from recycled material to continue your support of this good endeavor. For more information about recycling and its benefits, check out another of our bogs.