April 21-27, 2014

Dallas Expands Recycling Options

Cartons now eligible for blue bins

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    by Bruce Felps

    Dallas, if memory holds true, never really ranked among the vanguard of recycling cities.

    Seems like we lagged behind many a major metro area in offering the service at all. Then we had the little blue tubs and we had to separate the bottles from the paper from the plastics.

    We’re getting there, though. Now we have the big blue bins on rollers into which we can dump all the accepted recyclable matter, and as of Thursday we can add cartons, rinsed out cartons, to the mix.

    The city plans a big showing — OK, medium showing for 11:30 a.m., Sept. 8, at the Lovers-and-Greenville Central Market location in Dallas. City Councilman Dwaine Caraway, Dallas Sanitation Department chief Mary Nix, and a couple of national guys — one associated with a recycling association and the other with an industrial recycling firm — will give a press release-worthy presentation about how we can put those milk, juice, and wine (?) cartons in the blue bin.

    According to Unfair Park, though, you can just recycle the city’s claims that Dallas is the first city in the state to offer carton recycling, as purported in the official graphic, which, damn it, I cannot find online.

    And no matter what image we choose to go along with this piece it will not be as good as Unfair Park’s.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Speaking of recycling, he wants to know why his wasn’t picked up yesterday like it was scheduled, holiday or no.

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