City makes changes to garbage and recycling program
Beginning Oct. 1, residents of the city of Burleson will see changes in the trash and recycling program.
The city conducted public outreach asking residents what they would like to see in their trash and recycling services in May and June of 2018, according to a press release from Burleson Marketing and Communications Director DeAnna Phillips.
Not only was an online and print survey was available but eight public meetings were held throughout the community, including an online town hall regarding the services.
In the end, more than 1,700 surveys were returned, and city staff utilized this input to make the following changes to Burleson’s trash and recycling program.
Six changes have been announced.
• Convert to 65-gallon recycling carts.
• Keep solid waste pick up at twice a week.
• Allow customers to set out a container for their trash if they would like, but the city would not provide containers. All trash in containers must be bagged and tied.
• Collect small bulk and brush items (under 30 cubic feet) weekly.
• Discontinue Mulch and Recycling Center operations.
• Include two free trips to the landfill per year. The Turkey Creek Landfill is located in Alvarado at 9100 S. Interstate 35W.
Also on Oct. 1, weekly collection of small brush and bulky items will start, monthly collection of large brush and bulky items will continue as is. The city’s Mulch Center’s last day of operation will be Sept. 28, 2019. Also, starting Oct. 1 residents can begin using their own garbage containers, if they would like. Solid waste can still be set on the curb in trash bags.
Recycling carts will be delivered to Burleson homes and businesses Dec. 3-20. Starting Jan. 6, 2020, automated collection of recycling carts will begin, and residents will no longer be able to use the smaller recycling bins they are currently utilizing.
The last day of operation for the city’s Mulch Center will be Sept. 28. The center located at 610 Memorial Plaza is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Residents will be requested to show a current water bill reflecting solid waste service charges from the City of Burleson.