In an effort to get more information about recycling out to the community, Hal Opperman helped to start the nonprofit group Keep Kingwood Green about two years ago. Since then, the group has provided speakers and educational programs to public schools as a way to get students involved in recycling efforts. The group also participates with the Humble Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, among other projects. “We don’t have strong laws to encourage recycling. Other large cities require recycling and trash departments can issue citations if recycling and trash is mixed,” explained Opperman. “There are a finite number of resources out there.” Keep Kingwood Green has also been advocating a regional recycling facility for the Lake Houston area by keeping in contact with Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole. Opperman believes it will take a stronger response from the Precinct 4 community to get action from the county commissioner. Until then, the City of Houston has placed a recycling center at the Metro Park and Ride lot in Kingwood on Lake Houston Parkway behind the library. Drop-off times are from noon Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday and the bins are picked up Monday mornings. In addition, Humble ISD has collection points for paper products located at most schools in the district. The Atascocita landfill is located at 3623 Wilson Road and does have recycling options available. The landfill is operated by Waste Management and the phone number is 281-446-6545. One roadblock for commercial recycling recently has been the slow economy. Recyclable materials are clearly a commodity and products such as aluminum have seen their value cut in half. The recycling industry is still a very manual process and in some cases it is cheaper to get plastic for recycling from Mexico than it is to collect and transport plastic obtained locally. Many businesses recognize the need for recycling and make it part of their business model. Some stores have equipment on-site to bundle cardboard boxes, Kroger and H-E-B will collect used plastic bags, and Wal-Mart has been able to reduce waste with a well-managed recycling program. Community associations in Harris County have the ability to negotiate recycling into their trash pick-up programs and Waste Management will include recycling for about $5 per house, per month, in areas they service. Green waste, such as grass clippings, leaves and tree trimmings, continue to take up a large part of area landfills. Houston has a program designed to turn green waste into mulch and there are companies in the Lake Houston area such as Dirt Cheap Mulch with green waste recycling programs. For more information, visit www.keepkingwoodgreen.org. The group can also be contacted via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and through voicemail at 713-206-0558. Eversole can be reached at 713-755-6444 and the Precinct 4 Web site is located at www.hcp4.net. Photo: The recycling drop-off center at the Kingwood Park and Ride is open from noon Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday. The center accepts aluminum and steel cans, including empty aerosol cans, No.1, No.2, No.3, No.4, No.5, and No.7 plastic bottles, jars, jugs, lids, clear and colored glass, paper, cardboard and phone books.

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