almost everyone knows that they should recycle. Unfortunately, many of us can think of excuses why we don’t. Or maybe there is simply no easy way for us to recycle. In this and future columns, the crew at Keep Kingwood Green ( will help you make decisions that will make it easier for you to become a “more green” member of the Lake Houston community. Why is that important? Think future generations – our kids and their kids and on and on. If we continue to throw away valuable resources, someone down the road will have to pay the price! 

When we think of recycling, most of us envision a stack of newspapers or maybe wine or beer bottles, the disposable plastic water bottle we drink from each day, or the aluminum soda can which we throw in our trash. However, recycling goes way beyond those items. Perhaps if you don’t recycle those items now, that is a place to start. Virtually everything is recyclable and that has brought about the idea of Zero Waste. Many cities across the country and the world have already planned for a day when there will be virtually nothing in the waste stream going to the landfill. Here in the Houston area, we are a long way from achieving that. It will happen eventually, though. 

So, here is a start. You may have to break a habit and I know that is not easy but it certainly can be done. Pick an item. The soda can is a good one if you drink a soft drink daily. Consider a stack of 365 aluminum cans. It takes about 32 empty cans to weigh a pound. If you are not recycling that can, you are throwing away over 11 pounds of aluminum each year. If two other members of your family do the same, now 33 pounds are being buried at the bottom of the Atascocita landfill, never to be used again.  

Take action! Break the habit! Crush the can after you drink the contents. Carry a bag in your purse or briefcase you can put it into. Take it home and place it in your curbside recycling bin or accumulate them until the next time you drive by a collection bin where they are accepted. In Kingwood, the bins are at the Metro lot every weekend. How easy is that to save just one valuable resource?

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Hal Opperman
Author: Hal OppermanEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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..

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