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14 Letter to the Editor | "Re: Recycling in Rockport" | By Cindi

"We moved to Lamar in January of 2014 and want to recycle regularly. We were told to go to the transfer office between 9 and 11 on Saturday to get a card that would allow us to recycle two times. We have gone three times now and there have been no cards available. A gentleman once advised us that there are only 80 for the entire county. I would like to get together with like minded individuals to make recycling easier for people in the county. I have emailed Rockport City council members and was told "I am sorry there is nothing we can do." Certainly, our community can have access to drop off of plastics, metal and paper. The current system DISCOURAGES RECYCLING. Please respond to this post if you would like to help improve the system." Thanks, Cindi

14 comments:

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"Nothing we can do" seems like an alarming response from people who are meant to facilitate the interest of the people. I too would love for things to move in a more Earth minded way regarding recycling.

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I think the "nothing we can do" comment was meant more as a jurisdictional issue. Lamar isn't within the City limits. This is a County issue. Maybe Betty Stiles could help

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Actually, the Transfer Station is available for you to drop off items any time they are open. The first of the month program for the cards allows you to use the Transfer Station to dump your household rubbish and waste for free. And the number of free dumps are limited. But the cost to dump is minimal. Also, if you have aluminum, Mr Can is on Prairie Road. You can choose to either just donate the cans or get paid a minimal amount. Also, I saw on here somewhere an organization was taking cans as a fundraiser.

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That's a good point, Anonymous. This is always connected to money in all honestly. Yes it is expensive considering our location but perhaps if we joined forces with areas like Lamar, and drove shipments to San Antonio it could be financial feasible. The words "nothing we can do" which probably is related to area, still rubs me the wrong way. Nothing just sounds lazy--there are always thing that can be done, you just have to problem solve. Perhaps it's time Rockport set an example and wrote it into the budget. It's time.

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Yep. It is on the site, Karen. Thanks....If folks click the Directory tab under our logo, it's in the "Community Events" Section. Look for the red can picture.

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I would like to recycle glass. I take my paper to Dolphin Recycling on Leopard in Corpus. They also take metal cans such as green beans, corn.aluminum cans I find someone collecting them for needed money.

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I have been unable to get the Town of Fulton or the county to come down on a major pollution site which is 1402 Prairie Road. If you Google Earth the address you will see piles and piles of trash bags all over the property. It is hidden by the weeds looking by the road, but it is there and I have seen it. There are laws on the books about this, but since it is not on their street, nothing gets done. That trash is untreated, and when it rains that goes straight into the groundwater table. My only source of water is well water. This property is less than a mile from the new Aransas Pathways Linda Castro nature site, very ironic in my opinion. TEQC is aware of the problem, but this has been going on for years. Nothing is going to be done because it doesn't affect the powers that be. Yes, the Town of Fulton could enforce the laws already on the books, but due to budget, doesn't. Tamara Merson Wren

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For a city voted among one of the best to visit, with such national treasures and wonderful people and places to see it is beyond my comprehension that the cities of Rockport/Fulton cannot figure out a way to recycle the paper, plastic, glass and aluminum recycling needs of its residents/businesses. To not even have a communal drop off place to take to another city is beyond my comprehension. PLEASE find a way for the citizens to help do our part in recycling by doing your part.

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Every household in the city limits of Rockport has a weekly pickup of paper, plastic, aluminum and steel cans.

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Wonderfully written comment. I totally AGREE!

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How about glass? Any people in apartment complexes don't always have an option to recycle at all without a lot of effort. We need to make it a no-brainer for everyone.

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Ground glass mulch could be produced and distributed locally - of course the upfront expense for a grinder would have to be covered. as there is no glass collection in the region, this might be economically viable if a small fee was charged to grind the glass - cash and carry or sell the mulch.
The transfer station does not recycle paper and that is a problem as well. If people are interested, we can certainly come up with solutions. A place to start is to make information about how to recycle in the county EASILY accessible - maybe displays at HEB, WalMart, Walgreens and City Hall etc. A person who is on the fence about recycling in Aransas County will probably stay on the side of not recycling due to the effort it takes using the current system.

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Recycling at many local businesses is not visible and no collection bins available for customer use. The point made about multi-family dwellings is well taken. Education is a big part of recycling as well as encouragement and ease of access.

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I would like to meet with anyone interested in encouraging recycling in Aransas County to share ideas. Thanks, Cindi



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