City: Please Recycle, But Not Your Yard Waste

City: Please Recycle, But Not Your Yard Waste
Monday, August 15, 2011 - 1:39pm

EL PASO- The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department reminds the public not to dispose of yard waste in their blue bins.

Yard waste, such as tree branches, grass clippings and leaves are not accepted in the Curbside Recycling Program.

Environmental Services says more than 80% of the collection trucks delivering recyclables to the Friedman Recycling Co., the local recycling processing plant, contained some yard waste. Yard waste taken to the Friedman facility had to be separated from the acceptable recyclables and then hauled to the landfill at a considerable expense to the program.

The proper ways to dispose of yard waste is to:

• Take to a Citizen Collection Station (CCS) at: 4501 Hondo Pass; 2492 Harrison; 121 Atlantic; 4200 Delta; or 1034 Pendale. These drop-off sites are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. There is no fee for the service. However, visitors must bring a current El Paso Water Utilities bill and corresponding identification.

• Take it the Clint Landfill, at 2300 Darrington. The landfill is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Fees are $26 per ton. Minimum charge is $8.

• Request a Special Collection by calling 621-6700. For a fee Environmental Services crews will go to your home to pick-up yard waste. Fees start at $25 plus tax for five cubic yards or less. Tip: Two city-issued bins hold about one cubic yards of materials.

Other items not accepted in the Curbside Recycling Program include; garden hoses, food, glass and clothing. The program accepts paper, plastic and metal products. Learn more visit: www.RecycleElPaso.org

 

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