We take seriously our responsibility as a City and as individuals to look after our environment. We believe that to Keep White Settlement Beautiful is to get involved. To volunteer, to educate ourselves and each other, and to be an active participant in making this the hometown community that we all love.

Winter is Coming

One advantage of living in the south is that we usually don’t have horrible winters. However I don’t think any of us were prepared to go without water and electricity for days last winter. This year I am plan on being prepared just in case. Here are some tips to brace yourself for the winter.

· Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
· Make sure attic is well insulated.
· Wrap water pipes outside.
· Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
· If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
· Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
· Clean gutters.
· Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
· During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
· Have a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets.
· Block out the cold. Change summer curtains to thicker thermal ones.
· Bring in all outdoor plants. Wrap up the other plants with blankets and garbage bags.
· Bring in outdoor equipment and properly store them in garage. Such as outdoor furniture, tables, etc.
· Keep propane grills and tanks outside.
· Check furnace and change filter.
· Have an emergency kit. This kit should include water, first aid kit, canned items, flashlights, candles, batteries and weather radio.
· If you have a pet remember extra pet food.
· If you have generator keep at least 20 to 30 feet away from your house.
· Never bring generator or grill inside for warmth. Carbon monoxide is odorless but very deadly.
· Use proper fire safety when using candles or oil lamps.
· If water is off use the snow for the water in your toilet tank.
· Use pool noodles, cut in half wrap in fabric and jam under door to keep cold air out.
· Heat rises so if you are in a multi-story home go to top floor, block off other rooms with blankets to keep all warm air inside one room.

The Four R's

Everyone has heard about recycling, but did you know there are three other environmentally helpful R words that you can use to lowerFOUR RS your garbage output?


Let’s start with Refuse. Do you really need that plastic bag? How about that straw? You can say no, it’s that easy. Refusing an item allows you to instead focus on maintaining and repairing the items that you already have. It also cuts down on the amount of new items you have to buy. Ditch the disposable cup. Reduce the amount of trash you generate.  

Now Reuse is the action or practice of using an item, whether for its original purpose or to fulfill a different function. Such as using reusable straws, and reusable zip lock bags, or using the same tote bag to haul off your groceries. Reusing an item extends its life and cuts down on the amount of waste you generate.

Repurposing involves using an item for a new purpose beyond its original function, like using the empty spaghetti jar to now hold your lima beans, or taking the old dresser and making it into a changing table. Same item, new purpose. Thinking creatively can allow you to repurpose a lot of items, saving money and saving the environment!

Recycling is the R that most of us are already familiar with. It’s a great way to make sure that our waste doesn’t end up in a landfill and do any harm to the environment. Recycling breaks down items back to raw material and molds them into new products. 

If we always use the four R’s we will prevent pollution, save energy, reduce gas emission, save money and help sustain the environment. 

Confessions of an Uninformed Recycler

It is an inconvenient hassle, it’s not that important.” “It can’t make that big of a difference, who has the time?” These are all recycle-clipart-lg excuses that I have used in the past not to recycle. Then the City started a recycling program and so I started recycling properly.  Or so I thought. Turns out that I have been doing it wrong. I just tossed my plastic items in the bin and thought that was enough. Most of what I thought I was recycling got thrown in the trash because I wasn’t following the recycling protocols.

Here is what I have learned. 

  1. Avoid bagging/ boxing your recyclables. There is no reason to bag items because they go through a sorting machine. If a bag goes through the sorting machine it could break it. 
  2. Speaking of sorting, you don’t need to.  No need to separate the cans from the plastic, the machine will do it for you. Just gently drop your recyclables in. 
  3. Recycle bins are not trash cans. It may look like a dumpster but it isn’t. 
  4. No Styrofoam. So you bought something new and now you have an empty box and all the Styrofoam packaging that came with it. The box is recyclable, but the Styrofoam isn’t. Throw Styrofoam in the trash. 
  5. No electrical cords. 
  6. No batteries, propane or hazardous materials. It could cause a fire or seriously hurt the workers.
  7. Make sure to take off plastic labels. 
  8. Rinse out any cans or plastic. They need to be rinsed out and completely dry. 
  9. Break down your boxes and cardboard. 
  10. No furniture. Save mattresses and couches for bulk pickup week or the next community cleanup event. 

    Recycling is important! It takes waste and transforms it into new products or fuel. Recycling takes a small effort on your part, for a big difference to our world. Recycle today for a better tomorrow.

White Settlement Recycling Drop Off Station
8212 Albert St
White Settlement, Texas 76108

If you need more information you can call Keep White Settlement Beautiful at (817) 246-5012 or email us at

Community Garden

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If you love gardening and yard work then the Community Garden is the perfect place to volunteer for you! Adopt a spot in our garden where you get to pick and choose what plants, vegetables, or fruit you want to plant. Email or fill out this FORM to get more information!

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The City of White Settlement tries to provide opportunities for our residents and other interested parties to get involved! We have partnered with Helper Helper to make volunteering around town easier than ever! To sign up for Helper Helper:

1. Go to the Helper Helper website HERE
2. Follow the instructions to create your account
3. Click the "Find Opportunities" button to see what volunteer opportunities are currently available

Once you've created your Helper Helper account, you can also download the free Helper Helper app on Google Play or iPhone stores.  

If you have any questions about volunteering or the Helper Helper app please contact our Community Volunteer Coordinator by emailing or calling 817-246-5012.

*Due to COVID-19 volunteer opportunities are currently limited

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811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. You should call 811 or use your state 811 center’s website a few business days before you begin any digging, including common projects like planting trees and shrubs or installing fences and mailboxes. The specific amount of advance notice that you are required to provide varies by state.