Since creation of the county’s Citizens Collection Station in 2009, the roadways in rural Hood County are a little cleaner. The station, at 244 Bray St., is located off Coke Court from Highway 377 west of Granbury.
County Commissioner James Deaver said the facility has definitely helped lighten the roadside dumping. “More mattresses end up at the collection station, and fewer are dumped by the road,” he said.
A stiff fine also helps. Deaver said those caught dumping illegally could face fines of $200-$300.
RECYCLE FOR REUSE
In addition to bulky items, the collection station can handle glass bottles, cans and other items for recycling.
“We’ve got a lot of customers from Bentwater and other areas outside the city limits – where they don’t have curbside recycling,” noted Commissioner Steve Berry. “Some people are up here religiously with their recyclables.”
New equipment was recently installed to crush and bale cardboard. Environmental Health Director James McAusland said the machinery, and the structure to house it, was obtained with a $21,000 grant through the North Texas Council of Governments.
In addition to cardboard, a variety of other items are accepted for recycling, including glass, metal and plastic. Containers should be rinsed, and lids removed, before recycling.
McAusland said an average of 512 citizens are using the Citizens Collection Station each month.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH IT?
Without a county landfill, the collection station has been a big help for citizens looking to dispose of bulky items.
“This (collection station) keeps a landfill out of Hood County,” Berry commented.
An attendant at the collection station is available to provide direction for those dropping off items.
For a small fee, people in the county can get rid of furniture, appliances and other bulky items. But be prepared to unload items yourself. There is no staff to assist with labor.
The collection station is designed for residential use.
“We don’t take shingles or dry wall materials,” McAusland noted. “The county pays by the ton to have this stuff hauled out. And construction materials weigh a lot.”
While many of the items can be sold for recycling, the collection station is not a self-supporting operation.
“The county is subsidizing this,” said Berry. “Seventy-six percent of the operating cost is paid by the taxpayers.”
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