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Posted on: February 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Recycle with Frontier Waste Solutions

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. Part of these new services will be curbside recycling. We’ve spent all month talking about recycling, and as February ends we wanted to give you a look at the exact recycling process. So far we’ve covered how to recycle, what to recycle, when to recycle, and why recycling is important, but what happens to your recycling after it gets picked up? Below is a step by step process. 

Step one: Your recycling cart is emptied by Frontier Waste Solutions

Step two: Frontier delivers the recycled materials to a sorting facility

Step three: Employees at the sorting facility remove non-recyclables and contaminants from the materials as they move down a conveyor belt

Step four: A sorting machine divides the recycled materials into categories

Step five: Once sorted, each group of materials is processed and bailed and sent off to specialized reprocessing companies

Step six: Reprocessing companies convert the recycled material bails into usable materials

Step seven: The recycled usable materials are used by manufacturers to make new products

Thank you for joining us throughout the month of February as we learned why recycling is an important, exciting new part of the upcoming waste collection service contract. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for more posts and Frequently Asked Questions as the transition to the new service continues!

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. Part of these new services will be curbside recycling. Over the course of the month we’ve looked at many benefits of recycling. One of the more practical benefits of utilizing curbside recycling is the way it can expand the amount of space you have for your overall trash each week. Your trash cart can hold the equivalent of six standard sized trash bags. One thing to keep in mind is that through effective use of the recycling cart, that can be expanded to having a total weekly pickup capacity of ten standard sized trash bags. The recycling cart can hold the equivalent of four trash bags worth of trash, meaning that by effectively recycling you’re taking items that would be in your trash cart and moving them to the recycling cart. This frees up even more space so you’ll have plenty of room each week in your trash cart. While clearly a practical benefit, by utilizing the recycling cart in this manner you’ll also be helping the environment and achieving many of the big picture benefits we’ve discussed throughout the month.

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ


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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. As a part of these recycling services, the Recycling Drop Off Station that is currently in operation at 8212 Albert Street will remain open and will be managed by Frontier. One of the major changes you’ll see at the drop off station is a change in the type of receptacles at the location. Instead of a number of separate dumpsters, Frontier Waste Solutions plans to install a large enclosed dumpster that is accessed by smaller windows on the side. This will keep people from being able to place bulk items into the recycling dumpster that can contaminate the recyclables. The new dumpster can also be locked, discouraging after hours dumping or use when the dumpster is already too full.   

With the introduction of curbside recycling, the expectation is for the Recycling Drop Off Station to see a reduction in use, but it will remain as a resource for the community. Those with additional recycling beyond what fits in their cart can drop it off and those who may not have a recycling cart can also use the drop off station. The Recycling Drop Off Station will also continue to serve as a recycling hub where programs such as the holiday grease roundup and Christmas tree drop-off take place. 

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. When it comes to recycling, there are some common myths and misunderstandings that can keep people away from utilizing this important service. Today we’re going to look at some of the most common myths and see what the experts have to say about them. 

MYTH #1: My recycling ends up in the landfill
Recycling is not a perfect process. When contaminants (non recyclable materials) get mixed in with recycling, they get sorted out and thrown away. Also, when something isn’t recycled properly, like if a food jar gets thrown away still filled with food, it too can get sorted from the other recyclables and thrown away. So yes, a small percentage of recycling can and does end up getting thrown away. However, most of what is recycled gets repurposed and is used in the creation of new products. It’s important to remember, recycling is a valuable resource that has a monetary value to the companies that utilize it. There would be no logical reason for these companies to throw away good recyclables.

MYTH #2: Everyone else recycles so it doesn’t matter if I do
According to the EPA, only about 32 percent of Americans recycle, or about 1/3rd. If your plan is to leave the recycling up to your neighbors, chances are only one of them is actually recycling! The more the percentage of those actively recycling grows, the more the benefits of recycling grow. That means better things for the earth as well as for the economy.

MYTH #3: Recycling doesn’t actually save energy
Recycled materials replace the need for certain natural resources in products. This means there’s a reduced need for natural resources to be mined or harvested, processed, manufactured, and transported, all practices which consume a large amount of energy. Less energy used means less pollution. According to the EPA, not only does recycling save energy, but it saves much more than you may realize. For instance, recycling 12 aluminum cans saves enough energy to power a laptop for 62.2 hours. Want to learn more about how much energy recycling can save? Visit https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/widgets/iwarm-skinny.html

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. Part of these new services will be curbside recycling. With this being a new service to the community, there can be some confusion or trepidation over how best to utilize curbside recycling. We’ve put together several tips and tricks that can help make your journey into the world of curbside recycling as smooth and successful as possible. 

Start slow: Trying to recycle everything that is recyclable can be overwhelming for some people. Identifying one of your often used recyclables and focusing only on recycling those items can be a great way to get familiar with the recycling process. For most households, aluminum cans are a great first recycling option. As you grow more comfortable with the process, you can add more recyclables to your recycling routine. 

Post a list of recyclables: One of the most common early issues is not knowing or remembering what is or isn’t recyclable. This can be easily handled by posting a list of accepted recyclables on your fridge or near your recycling cart/container. Any member of your household can easily consult the list and know what can and cannot be added to the recycling. The list of accepted recyclables can be found at: https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

Educate your household: Taking the time to make sure that everyone in your household understands the recycling process is a great way to avoid recycling missteps. You may not always be present, but if you equip your household with all the knowledge they need to effectively recycle then you can keep your curbside recycling running smooth no matter what. 

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. Part of these new services will be curbside recycling. Recycling has many benefits and reasons why it’s worth your time and effort. Below are five “big picture” benefits of recycling as we look at ways it can impact the world.

  • Recycling keeps trash out of landfills: A very real issue facing society is the filling up of landfills. More garbage is generated now than ever before, and most of it ends up in landfills where it’s compacted and buried. As landfills fill up, waste collection companies have to drive further away to get rid of trash, making costs go up. Landfills also pose environmental concerns. 
  • Recycling saves natural resources: When an item can be made out of recycled materials, it reduces the need for manufacturers to use up natural resources. 
  • Recycling saves you money: The more we use them up, the more scarce raw materials and natural resources get. As it becomes harder to find and extract raw materials from the Earth, products cost more to produce. That cost gets passed on to the consumer. Utilizing recycled materials can help keep those costs down and reduce the reliance on raw materials. 
  • Recycling creates jobs: An oftentimes ignored impact of recycling is the amount of jobs it creates and the way it can help the economy. One report estimates that by 2030 there will be 1.5 million new jobs created in the recycling industry. 
  • Recycling saves energy: Making goods with recycled materials often takes much less energy than extracting raw materials, transporting them, and processing them. That means less pollution and carbon emissions take place during the production phase.

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. Part of these new services will be curbside recycling. Every household will receive a 65 gallon recycling cart. This cart can hold the equivalent of 4 standard sized trash bags and will be collected each week alongside your trash cart. The items that can be placed in your recycling cart are: Cardboard · Boxboard (Beverage Boxes, Frozen Food Boxes, Cereal Boxes, Milk Containers) · Newspaper · Junk Mail, Envelopes, Magazines, Brochures, File Folders · Plastic Containers identified with #1 , #2, #3 , #5 , #7 · Glass bottles and jars colored Amber, Clear, Green · Aluminum Beverage Cans · Steel and Tin Food Cans. Below are five quick tips you’ll want to follow for recycling. 

  • Rinse containers/bottles before putting them in the recycling cart
  • Break down boxes/cardboard before putting them in the recycling cart 
  • Place your recyclables in the recycling cart loose, don’t put them in a plastic bag or trash bag
  • If you’re not sure if an item is recyclable, either confirm that it is or leave it out of the recycling cart
  • Don’t put batteries, light bulbs, or household hazardous waste in your recycling cart

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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Beginning on May 1st, the City will be expanding recycling services as part of our new waste collection contract with Frontier Waste Solutions. Throughout the month of February, we’ll be talking about recycling. Curbside recycling will be a new service in the community and we’re excited to share tips, tricks, and information about why recycling is such a valuable and worthwhile practice. We hope you’re excited to learn all about this new service in the coming weeks as we move closer to the start date for our new waste collection contract.

As part of our continuing communications, we answer a new set of frequently asked questions every Thursday and add them to our master list of answered questions that you can find at https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ. If you have any recycling related questions (or any trash questions in general) that we haven’t answered yet, please leave them in the comments or email them to ahall@wstx.us and we’ll be sure to get them added to the list for this month! 

Continue to get to know Frontier Waste Solutions by visiting https://www.wstx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=595
Read the latest questions and answers about the new trash service by visiting https://www.wstx.us/1448/New-Trash-Service-FAQ

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