The community of Midland was responsible for a 7-ton increase in items recycled during the month of December compared to the same month in 2009.  Doreen Womack of Keep Midland Beautiful reported Wednesday that 158.3 tons of recycling (cardboard, plastics, paper and aluminum) were collected from sites around town, that’s a 4.6 percent increase compared to the 151.3 tons in December of 2009.

The city’s superintendent of solid waste, Morris Williams said, “combine the 142.5 tons from November and around 300 tons of recycling was collected in the last two months of the year.” November’s total represented a large increase from November 2009 when 90.8 tons was collected.  “Holiday season campaign was successful,” Womack said.

During the Keep Midland Beautiful – Texas Recycles Day one-day event, Womack reported, 46.7 tons of electronics — enough to fill four semitrailers — were collected. Doreen said KMB had collected at least 45 tons each of the last three years. “We do feel like there is some electricity in air,” said Womack of the desire to recycle. “There is a lot of talk about it right now. People are looking at their options and trying to feel like they are doing what is best for community.”

We hope our friends and neighbors will now see recycling more “city friendly” or “resident friendly”.  Womack will be taking this philosophy to the City Council later this winter or in the spring.

Recycling has increased across town with the addition of a new drop-off site at the Scharbauer Sports Complex. Other sites with 30-cubic-yard containers include both Walmart locations, H-E-B, Midland College and Super Mercado. According to Keep Midland Beautiful, there are also 3-cubic yard containers at most of the local elementary schools.  This year, Keep Midland Beautiful is planning two, “Great American Cleanup/Make a Difference” days (April 2 and Oct. 15). Texas Recycles Day will take place Nov. 12.