Wow! The summer is almost half over! July 4th celebrations, summer vacations, swim meets and all sorts of other summer fun will soon be only memories. They will be replaced by school, going back to work, and all the activities of fall. For those of us who hate the hot humid summers in Houston, that can't happen fast enough. If you attended a 4th of July celebration, did you remember to recycle the food and drink containers you used while there? Hundreds of people did at the Kingwood Town Center celebration. Thanks to sponsorships by Local Print Solutions, REMAX Associates NE and Kingwood Mulch, the Keep Kingwood Green crew was able to provide eight bins for recyclables. Two pickup truck-loads of aluminum, plastic, glass and cardboard were kept from going to the Atascocita landfill. Too bad all events do not provide recycling bins. If you have an event coming up and want to get a bin, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Nonprofit organizations are always looking for more volunteers and funding. Keep Kingwood Green is no exception. If you want to help, let us know. On Aug. 5 from 10:30-noon we will be giving a program at the Kingwood Library focused on how you can help to improve the recycling rate in our area. The program, “Why Recycling Matters,” is free to the public. Come visit with us, find out the latest news, and ask your recycling questions. We would love to see you!
The City of Houston is making a big decision soon on the future of recycling in the city. Even if you do not live in the city, this could eventually have a huge impact on most nearby areas. Mayor Sylvester Turner has proposed a contract with a Spanish Company, FCC Environmental, to process all the recyclable materials collected in the city by city crews. Currently Waste Management has that contract. You might remember when the current contract was signed earlier this year, glass was dropped from the recycling program in the city’s curbside recycling bins. FCC has proposed building a new sorting facility in Houston and if that is approved, glass will again be picked up in the curbside bins.
As with any long-term contract, there are always winners and losers. If FCC is awarded the contract, it will no doubt be a blow to Waste Management. They own the Atascocita landfill and are a Houston-based corporation. We like the idea of being able to recycle more materials, including glass, and also sometimes new competition helps to bring costs down. It may be a win-win for each of us as consumers of trash and recycling services.
Most of us in the Lake Houston area, including Kingwood, do not use the City of Houston Solid Waste Department for trash and recycling services. Your HOA probably decides who is your provider, so whatever the city decides, it may not affect us right away. Stay tuned! We will let you know when a final decision is made. Comments or suggestions? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Hal Opperman
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I grew up in Ohio but, as the saying goes, got to Texas as soon as I could! After graduating from Ohio University with a BBA, I went to work for Humble Oil. The big oil company, now ExxonMobil, moved me around to Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, DC and finally to Houston where I retired after 36 years. Several of us founded Keep Kingwood Green over ten years ago to educate about and advocate for recycling in the Lake Houston area. I was the president of the board of that organization until the beginning of 2017 and remain a board member. Other activities include a large garden at my home in Kingwood and I am also a volunteer at Oak Forest Elementary in Atascocita where the students maintain a large garden. I am the area spokesman for the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association. In 2014, I became a Texas Certified Master Composter and that skill fits in perfectly with my gardening endeavors since composting is a means of recycling. Please send comments or questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..