Solid Waste Single Stream Recycling Pilot Study Program Area Map
About the Recycling Division
The goal of the Solid Waste Recycling Division is
to reduce the City's waste through a curbside-recycling program and
to promote utilization of the Copperas Cove Recycling Center.
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 & #2,
and steel cans.
These services help meet the community's desire for waste management options
which provide an alternative to land filling. A curbside recycling program is
in place. This program allows citizens to have their recyclables collected twice
Recycling reduces our reliance on landfills and
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
Recycling creates many more jobs than landfill and incineration disposal
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 Ĺ 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 collection. Each residence is provided with up to (3) three 22-gallon
bright blue recycle bins.
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
Office paper, can be shredded and includes telephone books and magazines
Steel cans, rinsed out and flattened as much as possible
Plastics #1 and #2, rinse out container, remove cap and flatten
Cardboard, including chipboard as in cereal boxes, cake boxes, show boxes or soda boxes, etc
Items Not Accepted at this Time
Plastic shopping bags (e.g. Wal-Mart or HEB bags)
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 2011-2012, the City paid approximately $970,000.00 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 $14.00 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.
The City has established a Recycling Center to help fight the garbage demon.
Community participation in recycling will help us meet waste reduction
goals, help take care of the environment and preserve valuable natural
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, letís 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.
Watch Public Service Recycling Videos from the
City of Copperas Cove and the Copperas Cove
Junior High Cheerleaders.