Recycling program could be short-lived in Grayson Co.

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Two months ago, Grayson County began allowing residents to drop off their recyclable items, but county leaders say that service could come to an end if the disposal company and residents don't start cleaning up their acts.

One large bin is so full people are forced to put their recycling on the ground. That's because the bin is only being cleaned out once a week, instead of twice every seven days. It's just one of the problems county commissioners say could force them to scrap the recycling program altogether.

Day and night, residents from across precinct one stop by the county barn to drop off their trash. Carolyn Sutton is one of them, and says the bin has been great for her family.

"We were quite excited about it, because we do live in a rural area and not within the city limits, so we were very excited about it," she says.

While it’s been a luxury for her, it’s been a huge problem for Commissioner Johnny Waldrip and his crew, who have to clean up trash on almost a daily basis.

"This was supposed to be set here so we can recycle in the county and then they would apply for the grant and then possibly we could open it up across the county into other precincts," Waldrip says.

But that hasn't been the case. Waldrip says two months ago, the clean-up company IESI approached the county about placing a bin in one of the precincts. Part of the agreement was that the company would apply for a grant with the Texoma Council of Governments in order to pay for garbage storage with the city of Sherman.

Officials tell us IESI never applied for that grant, and the company must now take the trash to McKinney, something they've been only able to do one day a week.

"When this thing fills up, people are just throwing it on the ground and we're filling up with trash and the wind is blowing and it’s turning into a trash dump."

Commissioner Waldrip says he has tried to meet with IESI on several occasions, but each time Waldrip says they've canceled.

In the meantime, residents are leaving bags of trash beside the bin until the dumpster is picked up again.

"Something’s got to change, we either have to get a bigger canister or they have to show up more than once every seven days something has to give or its going to have to leave."

It’s something Sutton hopes doesn't happen.

"I just hope people take the responsibility and do what they should and see things get inside and not let things go outside when they're not open."

We tried to contact IESI today, but got no response. Waldrip says the next scheduled pickup is Monday at noon.

If the bin is full when you arrive, officials ask you not dump on the ground. You can always recycle out at TASWA.


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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 21, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    Finger pointing over who is to be blamed for this one breakdown in the recycling effort should cease. The County and the cities within the county should be able to come together to devise a comprehensive recycling program that is convenient to all. Ending the program should not even be on the radar screen.
  • by justme Location: Denison on Feb 21, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    Atleast the city of Sherman has curbside recycling. We can not even get that in Denison.
  • by TRYING TO HELP Location: SHERMAN on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    TASWA IS OUT ON HWY 56 BY FM 901- TEXOMA AREA SOLID WASTE AUTH. IESI WAS TRYING TO HELP- KEEP IN MIND THIS WAS A FREE SERVICE THEY DIDNT GET MONEY FOR IT. IF THEY HAD TO HAUL TO MCKINNEY & PAY FOR A DRIVER AND FUEL FOR FREE YOU SHOULD CUT THEM A BREAK. THEY ACT LIKE IESI IS THE BAD PERSON HERE, WHY DONT YOU ASK SHERMAN WHY THEY COULDNT TAKE THE CAN THERE DONT BELIEVE JUST 1 SIDE OF THE STORY.
  • by B Location: Sherman on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    Way to go! Ruin it for everyone
  • by MW Location: Luella on Feb 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM
    I really like the recycle cannister being at the county barn and say "THANKS" to commissioner Waldrip for his efforts. I was glad to see the recycling bin at the county barn because the recycle center in Sherman closed down. It basically cuts our trash in half. There are some things to be improved upon though - longer hours or days - it's only open when people are at work. It needs to be opened longer during the weekday or open during certain hours on Sat. for more people to use it. We need to recycle to keep this earth clean - Americans are so wasteful as it is - we need to clean up our act. I vote to keep the program going - get it in ALL the precints so that everyone can join in. I hope this one stays open, but just in case, what & where is TASWA?
  • by Hello Location: Sherman on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    HELLO WASTE MANAGEMENT COULD BE HELPING IN THIS AS WELL...CONTACT WASTE MANAGEMENT...
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    The County needs to do whatever it can to make the recycling program work. If that means contracting with a resposible party to provide adequate service, so be it. It is obvious the public has been participating, and the demand will increase as more people become accustomed to recycling opportunities. When the County establishes and advertises a recyling program, it must commit to assuring they and their contractors keep up their end of the bargain. I don't condone dumping recylables outside the container. However, when someone takes the time to save up these materials, load it in their vehicles, and haul it to the center, one should not expect them to just turn around and take it all back home until next week, only to be confronted with the same situation the next time. The County should not just give up on recycling. If anything, the program should be expanded.
  • by bobby Location: sherman on Feb 21, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    well i guess i will go back to puting my trash in the creek
  • by Recycler Location: Sherman on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:29 AM
    Keep the program going. California even lets people recycle green stuff like grass clippings, leaves, dog poop, and other compostable items. I doubt Texas will ever go that far. Why don't they just get another bin? Someone is making big money from recycling or we wouldn't be doing it. Sherman residents have to pay monthly to recycle, not and I think but it's worth it.
  • by Shell Location: Sherman on Feb 21, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    Ok if anyone important reads this and I hope they do, WASTE MANAGEMENT is suppose to be a big Corporation so why don't they do something with the recycle progam even if it means joining up with IESI..people and companies need to work together for this program...it is a shame that WASTE MANAGEMENT isn't a part of this or the landfill WM-HILLSIDE LANDFILL...CONTACT WASTE MANAGEMENT!!!!!
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