In February 2019 two members of your five member MUD board toured the Independent Texas Recycling (ITR) facility which receives our recyclables via our collection contractor, Best Trash. ITR processes close to 200 million pounds of material per year. We learned many things some of which I will elaborate on in this memorandum but first some congratulations are due. Our recyclable material is some of the best received by ITR, containing only about 15% non recyclable material. This allows ITR to run more efficiently and process greater amounts of material on a daily basis. Great Job NWHCMUD5 residents!

When we supply high quality recyclables we allow ITR to run more efficiently, allowing them to hold down their operating costs. Prices fluctuate widely for recyclables. When the prices they are receiving for recyclables are high ITR increases profits but they can still break even when prices are lower. This in turn holds down the price that we as a MUD district have to pay for the pickup of our trash and recyclable materials. Think of recycling as a partnership between NWHCMUD5, Best Trash, and ITR that saves natural resources and helps keep the environment cleaner for all of us.

As I mentioned above the prices ITR receives for the recyclable material vary widely. What is physically recyclable may not be financially recyclable, depending on proximity to buyers. At this time cups, plates, packaging, and any other items made from styrene and styrofoam are not financially recyclable and simply end up in the landfill. These items should be placed in your trash can rather than in your recycle bin. Please recycle plastic bags at your local grocery store or place them in your trash. Plastic bags clog the recycling equipment causing downtime. They eventually end up in the landfill. Other non recyclables include both steel and plastic coat hangers. They are also major contributors to equipment downtime. Garden hoses, household batteries, mirror glass, light bulbs, and clothing are not recyclable.

The best materials to recycle are aluminum cans, plastic milk jugs, plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard, and any other type of plastic container. Second tier recyclables are glass, mixed paper, waxed paper milk/juice containers, and steel cans. If possible, flatten all cardboard, cereal, and other types of boxes. This allows material to go through the recycling process more efficiently and lessens contamination during the pickup and transportation process.

Let’s continue to be good Recyclers by keeping our recyclables as free of contamination as possible. This will allow NWHCMUD5 to hold down fees and taxes. For more information visit www.nwmud5.com (Waste & Recycling tab) which contains a link to Best Trash for more recycling information.