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Dalhart recognized for outstanding recycling efforts in 2008


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By Robin Scott

 

The City of Dalhart was recognized for outstanding recycling efforts recently. The awards included a 10-years of service award and one for outstanding recycling efforts for 2008, making Dalhart one of the most trash-free cities in Texas.

In the last ten years, the City of Dalhart has recycled an amazing 744 tons of material. The 744 tons of material may be thought of as saving 2,234 cubic yards of landfill space, 12,645 trees, 3,049,658-kilowatt hours of electricity, 5,206,734 gallons of water, 44,630 pounds of air pollution.

Assistant City Manager for the City of Dalhart James Stroud stated, "The people with our sanitation department have done a fantastic job. In 2008, 214 tons alone were recycled. That is an enormous increase from prior years. We are really on track now and set up to continue these efforts." He also noted that by recycling so much material, the landfill in Dalhart keeps its current classification. The cost for upgrading the landfill to accommodate materials that should be recycled is astronomical.

Rachel Perry with Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance (CTRA) presented the awards to the City of Dalhart and to the City’s Sanitation Division. CTRA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which was formed in November 1994, based on the concept of cooperative marketing. CTRA consists of 59 rural recycling cooperatives representing more than 500 public, private and

nonprofit entities. The organization’s mission is to provide cooperative marketing of recyclable commodities, to promote the development of end-markets for recyclables in Texas and to promote education about recycling.

Recycling for citizens in Dalhart has become fairly simple. Cardboard and newspapers are collected in the red dumpsters located all over town. Other ways to recycle are to donate used and unneeded glasses to the Lion’s Club; backpacks, duffle bags and suitcases to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates); or contact the City office to schedule a Goodwill pick up for items such as household items, furniture, small appliances, kitchen tools, cell phones and clothing. The Goodwill will also carry away any electronic waste (called "e-waste") such as nonworking television sets.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) provides information for locating a recycling center. Eighteen categories of materials are available to search online. Materials include chemicals, light bulbs and electronics. The list includes 24 different areas within the state of Texas. Recyclers may also list the materials they accept for recycling online and membership is free.

Anyone needing assistance with recyclable items or with questions may contact James Stroud at 244-5511. For more information and ideas about recycling, visit www.recyclingassistance.org. Ms. Perry may be contacted at 512/236-1134. For more information about recycling location in Texas visit www.tceq,state.tx.us.