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Reduce, Reuse, Revamp Recycling in Nacogdoches
Posted 08 - 16 - 2010

Photo - After the car crusher does its job, Clay Gilstrap at Nacogdoches Metal Recycling uses a tractor to lift the three autos out of the machine.

Photo by Clay Sullivan.

Reduce, Reuse, Revamp Recycling in Nacogdoches

By Clayton Sullivan, Chamber Intern


            If a citizens committee has its way, Nacogdoches is on the verge of a new recycling program that will help educate community members and increase participation.

The recently formed Nacogdoches Recycles Committee has conducted research on past recycling programs in an attempt to create the most feasible program for Nacogdoches .

The committee is composed of several Nacogdoches citizens who are involved in different aspects of the community to ensure that everyone is informed about the new recycling program.

Nacogdoches Recycles’ mission is to research and develop the ways and means for the City to succeed in creating a recycling program and a "green business" economic development program related to recycling and composting.

The new committee has teamed up with Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful in a joint effort to increase education of recycling in Nacogdoches , which they believe will result in an increase in recycling participation. “The whole idea about recycling is educating community members so they will participate,” Wayne Shepherd, City Public Works Manager, said.

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is a Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful Affiliate. KNB educates community members about recycling, among other activities and programs. Web searchers can find plenty of valuable information about recycling and other ways to be more environmentally friendly on the KNB Web site.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is going to send out a survey created by KNB and Nacogdoches Recycles to chamber members, asking about their business recycling interest and participation. The survey will help the partners determine current and potential participation.

Nacogdoches currently has a landfill where community members can recycle paper products. City officials and the Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful and Nacogdoches Recycles partnership are working to add a second convenient recycle drop-off site.

Jim Jeffers , City manager and Nacogdoches Recycles committee member, recently approached large retail businesses across Nacogdoches about having a recycle drop-off site on their property. “We continue to explore all possibilities,” Jeffers said.

KNB and Nacogdoches Recycles want the drop-off site to be in a convenient location with heavy traffic. These volunteers are doing what they can to make recycling in Nacogdoches convenient and quick. “It’s up to the citizens of Nacogdoches to participate and show recycling is important,” Jeffers said.

Nacogdoches already offers several ways to recycle non-paper products. KNB has brochures in their office, located in the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, and on their Web site with information about where to recycle car batteries, household batteries, ink cartridges, compact fluorescent light bulbs, wire hangers, computers and televisions.

Aluminum cans and scrap metal can be recycled at Nacogdoches Metal Recycling. Nacogdoches Metal Recycling was started in 2005 by Clay Gilstrap and was recently sold to K&L Auto Crashers. “I chose Nacogdoches because I was trying to get out to a new market and there wasn’t a scrap yard here,” Gilstrap said.

The recycling plant currently has seven employees that operate on 10 acres at 2508 Woden Rd. , just south of the S.E. Loop 224.

“We accept a variety of metals for recycling,” secretary Abby Brooks said. “We’ll take old water heaters, appliances from toasters to refrigerators and freezers, washing machines, aluminum cans and old cars.”

Nacogdoches Metal Recycling is open 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 552-7775, or visit the front office during business hours.

The Habitat ReStore accepts building supplies donations and then they sell the supplies at a discount. The store is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. located at 600 Powers Street .  All proceeds go directly to the Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches.

City officials, Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful and Nacogdoches Recycles committee are working hard to create a convenient way to recycle in Nacogdoches .

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