Pictures from the 2015 Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off

DSC_0206DSC_0146Hundreds of volunteers turned out on a crisp Saturday morning in April to show how much they care about the City of Whitehouse. Teams registered at Whitehouse City Park, then grabbed their t-shirts, refreshments and were off to collect trash on selected roads. A big thank you to the Whitehouse students, teachers, the local churches, neighborhoods, Whitehouse City Mgr Kevin Huckabee and Whitehouse Council Member Kelvin Fox for giving up a part of their Saturday for a worthy cause. And a big MOO to Chick-Fil-A for bringing their mascot to our event!

New Trash and Curbside Recycling Services for Whitehouse

Republic Svcs cartThe City of Whitehouse has changed its provider for Waste Management to Republic Services beginning May 1st.  Residents within the City are being notified of this change with an informational packet that is being mailed this week with the City utility bills.  All City of Whitehouse residents will receive a 95 gallon cart for their trash pickup.  Carts for trash pickup will be delivered the last 2 weeks of April.  A map of the City trash pickup dates is also in the informational packet, and a larger map will be at City Hall for those wishing to see what day their trash pickup will be.  All waste must be bagged and placed in the cart, and carts must be placed at the curb no later than 7am on the day of pickup.

Along with trash pickup, they also offer curbside recycling.  All residents within the city are encouraged to sign up for curbside recycling by sending in their form that is attached to the informational packet, or dropping it off at City Hall, or calling 903 586-1449.  Residents who sign up for curbside recycling will receive a recycling cart with a LIGHT BLUE lid.  This cart is strictly for recycling and trash is not to be placed in it.  A flyer listing the items available to recycle is part of the informational packet.  WEDNESDAYs will be recycle pickup day.

Twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, a BULK ITEM pickup collection will be provided.  BULK ITEMS are things too bulky for your waste cart, such as sofas, mattresses, other furniture, grills, etc.  Up to 2 bulk items can be picked up each time.  Items not accepted are appliances containing freon (fridges), batteries, free liquids and hazardous materials.  If you plan to have a BULK item picked up, you MUST call Republic Services to schedule your pickup at 903 586-1449.

Along with the BULK item pickup, residents in the City can bring up to 3 cubic yards (a pickup truck load) of waste from their homes one time each month to the Greenwood Farms Landfill at 12920 FM 2767 in Tyler.  Residents must bring a current Whitehouse utility bill receipt, and picture ID.  All loads must be tarped according to State Law.  The landfill hours are: Mon-Fri  6:30am until 4:30pm and Saturday  6:30am until 1pm.

If you missed your informational packet, we have links to the different pages below, or you can view the entire packet on the City of Whitehouse website at www.whitehousetx.org

Click HERE for the description of services
Click HERE for the trash pickup map
Click HERE for the form to sign up for curbside recycling
Click HERE for the items accepted in the curbside recycling cart

 

 

KWB Wins Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015!

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Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has won the prestigious Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2015. For more than two decades, Keep Texas Beautiful, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), has awarded the Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) to ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year. The competition distributes $2 million in funding from TxDOT across the 10 communities, with the amount based on population size. The funds are used for landscaping projects along local rights-of-way. A community’s environmental program is judged on achievements in seven areas: Community Leadership and Coordination, Public Awareness, Education, Beautification and Community Improvement, Litter Prevention and Cleanup, Solid Waste Management and Litter Law and Illegal Dumping Enforcement.

The last year Keep Whitehouse Beautiful won this award was in 2011, and the project completed by TxDOT was 2 Whitehouse monument signs on the north and west ends of town. Other projects completed from awards are benches and landscaping at the corner of Hwy 110 and FM 346, fencing and landscaping at Whitehouse City Park, the brick sidewalk in front of Brookshire’s, and the garden retaining wall and landscaping in front of Brown Elementary.

Beverly Casey, President of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful reacted to the news, “KWB would like to thank its business sponsors, friends, The City of Whitehouse, and our many volunteers that put in the hours to make Whitehouse a beautiful place to live. We invite the community to become good stewards of Whitehouse – by volunteering at our events, coming to our monthly meetings, becoming a friend or sponsor.”

Deadline for KWB Scholarship is March 18, 2015

graduation capKWB is offering its first ever scholarship for Whitehouse High School graduates going on to college.  We will be awarding one student $500 towards their college expenses.  Applications are with Mr. Murphey at WHS, and the deadline to submit them is Wednesday, March 18th.  We will be looking for enthusiastic students that have a history of volunteering in the Whitehouse community; that can include volunteering with Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.  Good luck!

KWB Seeks 2015 Sponsors and Business Friends

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful is a 501[c][3] non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is empowering individuals to make a difference in their community through beautification, education, and solid waste practices. Our volunteer work is always needed and never finished. With the support of our business friends and sponsors we are able to keep Whitehouse a beautiful place to live and work.
Keep Whitehouse Beautiful has accomplished much and continues to do so with your help. 14718117955_3e3e058395_k
With your assistance:
• KWB provides community education in multiple settings on littering and responsible ways to reduce resources used, reuse where possible, and recycle as a final resort before disposing. The “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off”, the annual road litter pick-up and the annual City-Wide Garage Sale have become community events.
• KWB has been honored five times by Keep Texas Beautiful as a winner of the Governor’s Community Achievement Award. With those funds TXDOT has completed projects including: landscaping and fencing in front of City Park and crepe myrtles along 346; benches and landscaping at the corners of 346 and 110; sidewalks along 110 and 346; and two Whitehouse entry signs.
• KWB awards a grant each school year to one of the campuses in Whitehouse ISD for a beautification project.
• KWB completed the Wildscape in front of the Whitehouse Recycle Center. This teaching tool and beautification project showcases plants that are native to the region, drought tolerant, and therefore, easy to grow in our area.
• KWB added 92 roses to the City flower beds at the corners of 346 and 110.
• KWB volunteers attend trainings to deliver the quality of program for which KWB is known.
• Keep Whitehouse Beautiful networks with several City committees and community groups on issues of mutual interest.
Please join us in supporting our mission and empowering individuals to grassroots service in our community with your tax-deductible contribution. We hope you will choose to become a Business Friend or Sponsor for 2015.  Sponsor levels range from $2000 to $500, and business friends are $50.

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful Supporter Benefits
Business Friends:
• Recognition on the Thank You page in the Tri-County Leader in April (For recognition, payment is due March 6, 2015.)
• Receive a business friend plaque or yearly update for our returning friends.
• Knowledge that you are enabling Keep Whitehouse Beautiful to continue our annual events (“Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off”, City-Wide Garage Sale) and our other projects to enhance Whitehouse.
Sponsors:
• Your name and logo on the back of the “Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off” t-shirt (For recognition, payment is due March 6, 2015.)
• Recognition on the Thank You page in the Tri-County Leader in April (For recognition, payment is due March 6, 2015.)
• Receive a sponsor plaque or yearly update for our returning sponsors.
• Knowledge that you are enabling Keep Whitehouse Beautiful to continue our annual events (“Don’t Mess With Texas Trash-Off”, City-Wide Garage Sale) and our other projects to enhance Whitehouse.

For sponsorship / business friend form, click HERE!

Brown Elementary National Elementary Honor Society is awarded 2014 Campus Beautification Grant

2014 Campus Beautification Grant - Brown Elem1 resizedCongratulations to the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) at Brown Elementary, led by Nicole Moore. They have won the KWB Campus Beautification award for 2014. They will receive $200 to be used towards helping with the outside appearance of the school. They would like to plant one large crepe myrtle on the left side of the entrance, sustainable bushes on the right side of the building, and install some PVC pipe watering system for the bushes. Great job Brown Elementary!

 

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful awards this grant yearly to campuses within the Whitehouse ISD.   The grant, which is $200, will go towards any type of landscaping improvement for the campuses.  In years past, gardens, trees and flowers have been planted around the campuses.Brown Campus Beautification Grant - Brown Elem2 resized

Outstanding Yard for November & December 2014

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful awarded the Outstanding Yard for November and December to Gunny and Greta Moore for their beautiful yard at 1911 Waterton Blvd in Whitehouse. 2014-11-01 Moore

The Moore’s received a $25.00 gift certificate to Senter’s Nursery, which sponsors this event for Keep Whitehouse Beautiful. You’ll want to go by and see their beautiful Christmas decorations!

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Outstanding Yard Award for October 2014

IMGP8426RKeep Whitehouse Beautiful presented the October Outstanding Yard award to Morris and Rose Crymes for their beautiful yard at 19673 Willingham Rd. (CR 2171) in Whitehouse.

As you can see in the pictures, their large lot has a beautiful white picket fence, many trees, shrubs and plants, all beautifully landscaped. Congratuations to Morris and Rose, they received a $25 gift certificate to Senter’s Nursery, which sponsors this great event!IMGP8416R

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Whitehouse Large Item Drop Off – Saturday, October 18th!

fall housecleaningWe’ve put the Whitehouse Citywide Garage Sale behind us, and now we are moving toward the Whitehouse Large Item Drop-Off!

The Whitehouse Large Item Drop-Off is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th from 8:00am until noon.  Residents of Whitehouse wishing to bring their items to the Whitehouse Recycle Center will need to show proof of residency in the City limits with a current City of Whitehouse utility bill.   Items that are not suitable for trash pickup like mattresses, rusty metal furniture and grills, toys, bikes, appliances and more will be accepted.  Please note, construction materials WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Also being accepted will be electronic items.  We will be accepting on behalf of STS Recycling items such as computers, printers, VCRs and more. As stated by a representative from STS Electronic Recycling, “We can aid you in recycling out of date, nonworking, or unwanted electronic equipment. THIS RECYCLING SERVICE IS PROVIDED AT NO COST TO YOU. All recyclables processed by STS Electronic Recycling are either reused or physically destroyed and recycled. We assure you that your business or personal information will be destroyed to Department of Defense (DOD) standards and we will provide you with a certificate of destruction if desired. Please visit our website at www.stsrecycle.com for more information.”

Computers (towers and laptops) Monitors Printers

Cables, mice, and keyboards Fax machines Telephones and telephone systems

Cell phones Copy machines Scanners Servers Projectors

Digital cameras Flat screen TVs (Please note: we do NOT accept tubed TVs)

VCR and DVD players Gaming systems Radios and stereos

 

Outstanding Yard for September 2014

IMGP8068RKWB awarded the Outstanding Yard for September to Barbara and Bob Paul for their beautiful yard at 103 Bluebird Lane in Whitehouse. Bob will quickly let you know that Barbara is the gardener and the many colorful flowerbeds are all her work. The Paul’s received a $25.00 gift card from Senter’s Nursery which sponsors this event for Keep Whitehouse Beautiful.

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