The City of Lufkin is discontinuing glass recycling as of Feb. 28th due to continued contamination.
When the City took its last load to the recycling center in Houston, officials were told there was too much contamination for the recycling center to accept it.
“Eliminating contamination from the glass is unsafe and labor intensive for our workers and fuel costs have risen significantly making the program unsustainable,” Solid Waste Director Kent Havard said.
The roll-off trucks that make the trip to Houston get roughly four miles to the gallon of diesel.
“The fuel cost to Houston and back is about $280, not counting the wage we pay our driver,” Havard said.
The City receives $15 a ton from the recycling center in Houston and hauls about 16 tons each trip. Between fuel cost and the driver’s wages, the City loses about $200 every trip.
The City is continuing its aluminum and metal, cardboard, and plastic recycling.
“Since we discontinued curbside recycling, we’ve seen cleaner recyclables at our drop sites with the exception of glass,” Havard said. “We appreciate the community’s continued dedication to recycling.”
The City has two recycling drop-off locations at 500 Southpark Drive and 800 Amey St.
Items accepted include:
- Clean cardboard (corrugated and pasteboard boxes)
- Newspaper (including advertising inserts)
- Magazines & junk Mail
- Office paper & shredded paper (please bag shredded paper)
- Steel and aluminum cans (cans only, please rinse)
- Plastic bottles & jugs (#1 or #2 or anything with a neck)
NO STYROFOAM, NO FOOD, NO PLANTS,
NO HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE, NO CLOTHING, NO YARD WASTE,
NO LIMBS, NO ELECTRONICS, NO TOYS, NO METAL OTHER THAN CANS!
Please call 936-633-0281 if you have any questions.
Angelina Beautiful/Clean’s Hazardous Waste Collection Day is set for March 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 500 Southpark Drive. AB/C will accept paints, automobile batteries, household cleaners, household chemicals, pesticides, flammables, other hazardous household products, white goods (old appliances, refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters), and electronic wastes (printers, scanners, Palm accessories, power supplies, battery backups, cables, toner/ink cartridges, hard drives, CD-ROMs, speakers, VCRs, DVD players, stereo equipment, video game consoles, digital cameras, any audio or video equipment, networking equipment, tape drives, test equipment, fax machines, keyboards, voice/tape recorders, radios, Walkman products, calculators, cellular phones, and phone accessories)
Motor oil, antifreeze, and cooking oil will be accepted.
THIS COLLECTION IS FOR HOUSEHOLDS ONLY.
Large quantities from businesses, farms, or commercial operations will not be accepted.
PROHIBITED: Tires, infectious and medical wastes, biological and radioactive materials, compressed gas cylinders, ammunition, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and explosives.
NO TVs OR COMPUTER MONITORS CAN BE ACCEPTED AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME.