Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Johnson County

June 30, 2011

Going green

Cleburne recycling center officially opens with ceremony

Cleburne and Johnson County officials gathered Wednesday morning at the Cleburne Transfer Station to officially open the new Cleburne Recycling Center.

“This is a way for the city to turn our garbage into gold,” Cleburne Mayor Justin Hewlett joked.

Although named the Cleburne Recycling Center, the project represents the combined efforts of the city and Johnson County, and has the support of other county cities, said Cleburne Environmental Coordinator Julie Winchell.

A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant administered through the North Central Texas Council of Governments funded the project, Winchell said, at no cost to the city or county.

Recycled items collected and baled will be sold to companies who purchase cardboard, glass and other items, Winchell said.

“This won’t cost [the Cleburne Transfer Station] any additional employees,” Winchell said. “Items recycled will also divert trash from the landfill and save the city money on purchasing landfill space.”

City Manager Rick Holden joked that Winchell is already working to train him and other city employees to recycle.

“She’s placed recycle bins in the office and I’m working hard to remember to separate the paper and the drink cans,” Holden said.

Cleburne and Johnson County residents may drop approved recyclables off free of charge.

The Cleburne Transfer Station is located at 2625 Pipeline Road. Operation hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Items accepted include: Plastic containers labeled No. 1 or 2, tin, aluminum or steel beverage or food cans, bulky metal items, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, coupons, envelopes, phone books, glass, corrugated cardboard and press board “cereal type” boxes.

Containers should be rinsed out and cardboard boxes should be flattened.

Unacceptable items include: Plastic grocery bags, pizza boxes, food-contaminated boxes, refrigerators, items containing Freon, butter tubs, Styrofoam and buckets or plastic containers not labeled No. 1 or 2.

For information, call 817-641-2236.

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