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Recycle Your Live Christmas Trees!

RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREES…

No one likes to think about having to take down the Christmas tree, but being able to recycle it with the help of Keep Tyler Beautiful makes it a little easier. The trees will go to good use – as fish habitats in our local lakes.  According to the Tyler Paper, “The City of Tyler offers residents the opportunity to recycle used Christmas trees. The trees should be undecorated and non-flocked real trees. Keep Tyler Beautiful and the City of Tyler’s Solid Waste Department sets up two places in the city each year for people to bring their natural, un-flocked Christmas trees. One location is in the parking lot at Fun Forest Park, 2000 Forest Ave., and Golden Road Park, 2300 McDonald Road. The trees at the parks are available for area fisherman to pick up and sink in nearby lakes to create fish habitats. For more information, contact Gary Lynch at the City of Tyler Solid Waste Department, at 903-531-1348.”

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Large Item Roundup – Saturday, March 24th

Kurt Bateman stands in front of a load of items being 'round up during the fall Large Item Roundup

The Whitehouse Large Item Roundup ( also known as Clean Whitehouse Day ) is fast approaching, and the weather is perfect to go through your house and look for those broken, outdated and replaced items such as appliances, furniture, outdoor furniture and grills, mattresses and toys, according to Event Coordinator Eddie Ray.  In addition to these items, a whole new set of items are now being accepted, electronic stuff! A local company, STS Electronic Recycling will have a truck on site for residents wishing to drop off old and broken electronic equipment.  Items such as monitors, computers, cell phones, radios, fax machines, digital cameras and more are accepted.   A full list of items accepted is below this article.  Tires are welcome too, for a $2 disposal fee. Yard waste, construction debris, paints and chemicals are NOT ALLOWED.

The Whitehouse Large Item Roundup is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th from 8:00am – 12:00pm at the Whitehouse Recycle Center, on Railroad Avenue south of FM 346.   This is a twice yearly event sponsored by the City of Whitehouse and Keep Whitehouse Beautiful for the benefit of Whitehouse residents.

A representative from STS Recycling loads up the truck with electronic items to be recycled

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 (we do NOT accept tubed TVs)

VCR and DVD players                Gaming systems              Radios and stereos

Microwaves

Don’t Forget To Recycle this Christmas!

Every Christmas season, the amount of waste increases greatly due to boxes, wrapping paper, and live Christmas trees.

This year, let’s continue to Keep Whitehouse Beautiful by recycling most of our holiday leftovers!   Both cardboard boxes such as gift boxes and / or shipping boxes can be recycled at the Whitehouse Recycle Center as well as wrapping paper, without the bows and ribbon, of course.  No Styrofoam or cellophane, either, please!

As for live Christmas trees, they are not being accepted this year at the Recycle Center, but that doesn’t mean you should put yours in the garbage, as IESI is not accepting them either.   There are 2 places in Tyler that are accepting live Christmas trees:  Golden Road Park at the intersection of McDonald & Golden Roads and Fun Forest Park in the 900 Block of North Glenwood Boulevard.  Collection for LIVE trees only begins the Monday after Christmas and lasts until January 8th.  Trees must be free of all decorations, garland, tinsel and NOT be flocked.

There’s quite a demand for live Christmas trees, as they become habitats for fish in the area lakes.  Now that’s recycling at it’s BEST!

The Whitehouse Recycle Center is located on Railroad Avenue, just south of FM 346.  They are open the first and third Saturdays of each month, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and every Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Check out the Recycling tab on our homepage for more items accepted at the Recycle Center.

RECYCLING IS EASY AT THE WHITEHOUSE RECYCLE CENTER!

TEXAS RECYCLES DAY IS NOVEMBER 15TH….How do YOU plan to celebrate?

Try recycling, if you are not already……Just start with one item, like newspapers or cans.   The Whitehouse Recycle Center is open during convenient hours and accepts many types of recyclable items.   There are people there who will help unload your items from your car when you arrive.

If you are already recycling, GREAT!  Add some more items to your RECYCLE list…..it’s amazing how much less trash can be put out at the curb each Wednesday when there is recycling in the household!

What can you recycle at the Whitehouse Recycle Center?

Paper: junk mail, newspaper, school papers, magazines, phone books, work papers

Cardboard: boxes, cereal boxes, pizza boxes

Plastic: Number 1 and 2 only

Steel cans (rinsed)

Aluminum cans (rinsed)

Recycling Center Hours and Location: First and third Saturdays of each month, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Every Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Railroad Avenue, south of FM 346 (just east of HWY 110)

Other Participating Locations: e-cycling/toner cartridges/electronics – Laptops for Less 903 871-2799, used motor oil – Super Lube 903 839-3510 and used batteries at Batteries Plus 903 509-8400

New Items Accepted at Whitehouse Large Item Roundup

The Whitehouse Large Item Roundup ( also known as Clean Whitehouse Day) is fast approaching, and with it, a whole new set of items accepted, electronic stuff! A local company, STS Electronic Recycling will have a truck on site for residents wishing to drop off old and broken electronic equipment.  Items such as monitors, computers, cell phones, radios, fax machines, digital cameras and more are accepted.   For a full list of items accepted, go to the bottom of the article.

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 (we do NOT accept tubed TVs)

VCR and DVD players                Gaming systems              Radios and stereos

Microwaves

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful Awarded Governor’s Community Achievement Award for 2011

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful volunteer Angela Klein presents the certificate of award for the 2011 GCAA at the July 2011 Whitehouse City Council meeting. From left: Mike Peterson, City Manager; Angela Klein; Mayor Danny Hogden

Keep Texas Beautiful has awarded Keep Whitehouse Beautiful the 2011 Governor’s Community Achievement Award (GCAA) in the category of population size 5,000 to 9,000. Per the report compiled by Keep Texas Beautiful:  “In 2010, members of Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, together with local citizens, volunteered a total of 3,747 hours to community projects, and participated in 15 community events over the course of last year, reaching over 5,000 citizens. They also had direct contact with approximately 2,000 elementary students. Every school in Whitehouse participated in a recycling program last year, collecting everything from paper, cardboard and aluminum to ink jet and toner cartridges. KWB is active on five of six WISD campuses, and has taken the lead in working with educators to teach environmental, litter prevention and recycling lessons to all grades. Examples include: more than 350 first graders participating in a litter abatement and nature appreciation day, during which they completed booklets about littering and received a litter bag and a pencil; more than 330 third graders discussing why we recycle and creating Christmas ornaments from homemade paper embedded with phlox seeds; and nearly 370 sixth graders researching the advantages and disadvantages of various energy sources and testing objects at home to gauge their energy use. The local YMCA joined the action in 2010 as well, offering for the first time a six-week gardener program for their upper elementary summer campers. It was a huge success!

The KTB award for sustained excellence from 2009-2011

When the 2010 Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off rolled around, Whitehouse residents were ready to dive right in. Over 300 citizens – from Boy Scouts and school groups to church members, business people and city leaders – cleared 43.25 miles of roadway, collecting more than 7,000 pounds of litter in the process. The semi-annual Whitehouse’s Large Item Roundup was equally successful, netting 80 appliances, 27,000 pounds of scrap metal and 75 tires.

The local recycling center worked overtime as well last year. Staffed by only a city supervisor, community service workers served as the center’s workforce. They provided 1,108 hours of labor at no cost to the city, accepting and processing more than 255,000 pounds of recyclables, including 78,000 pounds of cardboard, more than 18,500 pounds of plastic, nearly 6,000 pounds of steel cans and over 150,000 pounds of paper. In a time of statewide budget cuts, Whitehouse pocketed more than $8,500 thanks to its efforts. With its environmental achievements acting as a beacon for the entire region, the city of Whitehouse is most certainly delivering on its goal of creating a healthier, more modern city.”

Thank you to Keep Texas Beautiful for its incredible leadership to all the local affiliates throughout the state.  Go to the link below to view the page on the KTB site about Keep Whitehouse Beautiful and to view a slideshow of pictures from Whitehouse.

http://www.ktb.org/display.aspx?catid=9&pageid=1159

Pictures from Earth Day at Camp Tyler – April 17, 2011

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful had a booth at the East Texas Earth Day Celebration at Camp Tyler on Sunday, April 17, 2011.    Information was handed out about recycling, composting and general litter prevention, as well as a plastic recycling game for the children.

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KWB in Action at Schools – Recycling

Keep Whitehouse Beautiful President Debbie Shafer met with Brown Elementary pre-schoolers at New Canaan Church on Monday, April 4th to teach about recycling.  They were so excited to learn, they looked for the recycling number on the packages from their lunches afterwards!

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Focus on: RECYCLING

The Whitehouse Recycle Center

With the New Year come many important resolutions ….. exercise more, lose some weight, stop smoking.  We at Keep Whitehouse Beautiful would like you to think about adding one more item to your New Year’s resolution list:  Recycle.  If you already recycle, GREAT!  Ask yourself what items you recycle and then see if there are there other items you can begin recycling! 

And if you don’t recycle ….. this is your year to START!  You don’t need to start recycling everything ….. maybe just one or two items, like newspapers and plastic bottles.  Our Recycle Center in Whitehouse is a tremendous asset to our community!  You pull up to the center and drive thru, while the staff and volunteers empty your items for you. 

The Recycle Center is located off of Railroad Avenue, just south of FM 346 (across from City Park).  You can drop off recyclable items on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 8am until 11:30am, and every Wednesday from 7am to 10am, then 3:30pm to 5pm. 

This household uses a trio of colored bins for their recycle items

They will take the following items for recycling:  Paper, cardboard, plastics – #1 and #2, and steel & aluminum cans .  (Go to the Recycling Page on our website to get a more detailed description of items)

Items ready to be sorted in the recycle containers

So make it a GREAT New Year and help out the earth and our community!  Remember, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!

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