A woman on Wednesday, via an anonymous voicemail to the Times-Review, expressed displeasure with what she believed was the city’s decision to remove recycling bins for paper.
Cleburne City Manager Steve Polasek, however, stressed that the city had nothing to do with the removal of the bins and played no role in their removal.
“Most of those were at the schools,” Polasek said. “We allowed [Moore Waste and Recycling Services] to place one of their bins in the parking lot across from city hall. That was done before my time. But we never had a contract or agreement with them for the bins.”
City officials said they were not notified of the removal and that one day the bins were simply no longer there. Officials said they obtained a letter explaining Moore’s reasoning for the removals after the fact.
The letter, which is dated July 30, is addressed to Dear Recycling Customer and informs that Moore is unable to continue recycling services.
“Due to global changes in the recycling markets there is very little demand or market for recyclables,” the letter reads. “The facility previously taking your recyclables has either closed or has stopped accepting material. Without a place to dispose of recyclables we can no longer collect them.”
The letter refers questions to email@example.com.
Cleburne still accepts recycling materials, Polasek said, just not paper.
“We’ve never taken paper,” Polasek said. “Typically you see those type bins at schools.”
The Cleburne Transfer Station, 2625 Pipeline Road, accepts glass, plastics numbers 1 and 2, cardboard, used motor and cooking oil and metals provided they contain no Freon for recycle. Sanitation Supervisor Rodney Collins said.
Recycle bins at Hulen Park by the Whistle Stop building and on Rose Street behind Cleburne Fire Station No. 3 accept cardboard, metal and plastic as well, Collins said. Plastic and cardboard may also be dropped at the recycle bin in Carver Park, he said.
Council members in February decried the fact that some residents deposited inappropriate materials in the off-site bins including TV sets, mattresses and bags of household garbage. Such dumping results in cross contamination, Public Works Director Jeremy Hutt said, and renders the entire contents of the bin unable to be recycled.
Hutt at the time noted that 75 percent of then recent loads collected from Rose Street, 80 percent from Hulen Park and 100 percent from Carver Park were unable to be recycled.
Mayor Scott Cain said at the time that while most residents no doubt want to recycle and do their part as good stewards, a small number of residents through laziness or lack of care have abused the system.
That said, the off-site bins, and the Transfer Station option, remain in place albeit with none of them accepting paper recyclables.
Polasek reiterated that the city’s recycle bins are not connected to the bins Moore formerly had in town.