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Gatesville residents warned about recycling problems

Recycling issues
Posted at 9:47 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 23:41:46-04

GATESVILLE, TX — Gatesville homeowners are reminded to be careful when dropping off their recycling to the city yard. Fort Hood, who processes the city’s recyclables, says they can’t keep up with the amount of garbage mixed in with their haul.

“Fort Hood comes, picks it up, but folks were putting the wrong things in and it was causing issues and Fort Hood said we need your help, we need this fixed,” said Joe Campbell, of Keep Gatesville Beautiful.

The organization is launching an educational campaign to help sort what can, and cannot be recycled.

“We feel like educating the children could help them educate the parents and grandparents on how to recycle properly,” said Campbell.

He is working with students to create a video to help explain single stream recycling.

“Recycling is important to Gatesville because we did a survey last year for our comprehensive plan, and it was the service that residents said was not offered, that they wanted to see offered up to and including curbside recycling,” said William Parry, city manager.

The recycling program is free. But residents could see a rise in taxes over time if the free recycling services are not used fully.

“If I have to pay more for trash service because we’re filling up the landfills than your taxes are going up. This is the way we keep taxes down, we do the right thing for the environment and it’s something that the residents say they wanted,” said Parry.

For more information, visit the city’s recycling program website.