Solid Waste Recycling
The goal of the Solid Waste Recycling Division is to reduce the City’s waste through a curbside-recycling program. A single stream curbside recycling program is in place. Single Stream Recycling means no sorting is required. This program allows citizens to have their recyclables collected twice per month. When placing a container out for collection, it must be placed on the address side of the residence.
The division operates a drop off recycling center, which provides residents with an opportunity to recycle a variety of materials including office paper, magazines, phonebooks, cardboard, aluminum cans, newspaper, plastics #1-#7 (except plastic bags/wraps), and steel cans. These services help meet the community’s desire for waste management options which provide an alternative to land filling.
Recycling reduces our reliance on landfills and incinerators.
Recycling protects our health and environment when harmful substances are removed from the waste stream.
Recycling conserves our natural resources because it reduces the need for raw materials.
Recycling creates many more jobs than landfill and incineration disposal options.
If everyone in the U.S. recycled just 1/10 of their newsprint, we would save the estimated equivalent of 25 million trees per year.
One ton of recycled paper uses: 64% less energy, 50% less water, 74% less pollution, saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs than one ton of paper products from virgin wood pulp.
Aluminum takes 200 to 500 years to disintegrate. The energy saved by recycling an aluminum can is enough to keep a 100-watt light bulb burning about 3 ½ hours. It takes 95% less energy to produce an aluminum can from an existing one, than from ore.
Each year, steel recycling saves the energy equivalent to electrically powering about one-fifth of the households in the U.S. (or about 18 million homes) for one year.
Every ton of steel recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
City of Copperas Cove provides curbside recycling twice per month on the same day as bulky goods and brush collection. Each residence is provided with a green 96 gallon recycle container.
Recyclables shall be placed at the designated collection point by 7:00 a.m. on the scheduled collection day and protected from the weather.
Items Accepted at Curbside
• Newspaper, including inserts but not the plastic sleeves
• Aluminum cans
• Office paper, (if shredded only, place in plastic bag for separate handling) can be shredded and includes telephone books and magazines
• Steel cans, rinsed out and flattened as much as possible
• Plastics #1-#7, rinse out container, remove cap and flatten. Make sure bottles do not contain any liquid.
• Cardboard, including chipboard as in cereal boxes, cake boxes or soda boxes, etc
Items Not Accepted at this Time
• Plastic wrap, bubble wrap, shipping materials
• Plastic shopping bags (e.g. Wal-Mart or HEB bags)
• Clothes or hoses
Commercial Recycling will be picked up on Fridays unless otherwise coordinated with the City of Copperas Cove Solid Waste Recycling Department.
Recycling- It Makes Sense!
Have you ever thought about what happens to your garbage after the city crews come and pick it up? All of the trash for Copperas Cove is taken to the City’s Solid Waste Transfer Station. At the Transfer Station, it is loaded into a large trailer and hauled by a contractor to a privately owned landfill.
Needless to say, the cost of hauling the garbage and the fees for land filling are high. In fact, for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the City paid approximately $990,000.00 for use of the landfill alone.
Since the City pays by the ton for the garbage it throws away, the best way to control escalating costs and fees paid by you is to reduce the amount of garbage we, as a community, collectively throw away. Each household currently pays $16.75 per month for garbage services as part of their utility bill (water, sewer, and garbage). The amount of garbage (by weight) we throw away is a major factor in determining if this rate will increase.
Beginning a recycling program in your home or office is a great way to reduce the amount of trash you throw away as well as providing a future for the kids of tomorrow.
Community participation in recycling will help us meet waste reduction goals, help take care of the environment and preserve valuable natural resources.
Your participation ensures the program’s success. You can make a difference!
What is in Our Trash
Let’s take a closer look at our trash and see how recycling could help reduce the solid waste stream. It is estimated that 80% of the trash we throw away could be recycled. Below is a list of the major components of our waste stream. The largest component is paper at 41% followed by yard trimmings at 15%. The removal of these two components alone would greatly reduce the 22 million tons of trash headed to Texas landfills each year.
Food Wastes- 10%
As concerned citizens and good stewards of our earth, let’s all act responsibly and do our part to reduce waste, preserve our Texas environment, prevent pollution, and conserve our precious natural resources.
Recycling Drop-Off Sites
The material accepted at the Drop-off Recycling Center include those collected curbside and several additional items including: steel and scrap metal. The Drop-Off Recycling Center is co-located with the Transfer Station at 2605 S. FM 116, two miles south of US 190. The Center is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Saturdays and Sundays, except the 2nd Saturday in March, the 4th Saturday in April, the 3rd Saturday in June, the last Saturday in September, and the 3rd Saturday in November.