Keep Fort Worth Beautiful
Can You Recycle It? Plastic Bags
Posted Feb. 16, 2011
Plastic bags often carry a recycling symbol, but they are not recyclable in the Fort Worth residential recycling program.
Most plastic bags are made from the same kind of plastic as a milk jug, which can be recycled. But unlike its more rigid cousin, a plastic bag can get stuck in the vast network of conveyor belts needed to sort the 43,000 tons of recyclables Fort Worth collects annually. Combine bags from all the households in Fort Worth and you have a recipe for jammed equipment and a costly halt to the sorting process.
Recyclers everywhere face the same problem, so make sure to recycle plastic bags through services that specifically handle plastic bags — a service provided by many grocery stores.
Even better, just don't use plastic bags.
We all see plastic bags blowing down roadways and stuck in bushes and trees, but choosing to take your own, reusable bags to the store can help make that a less frequent sight.
Many retailers offer reusable bags for around a dollar each, and they hold more items than the standard plastic grocery bag. On top of that, several local grocers give rebates for bringing your own bags, so they pay for themselves over time.
Water Saving Seminars
The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting a monthly series of informative seminars that highlight the “how to of water-saving landscapes.” All seminars are free. Spaces are limited, so register soon. Learn more.
Yard Smart is a free, informative seminar designed to provide effective, beneficial ways to use water wisely in the landscape. Topics vary by season and have included butterfly gardening, landscape watering, container gardens, perennials, trees, and much more. Mark your calendar now for the next seminar on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Learn more.
America Recycles Day (formerly Shred Day)
America Recycles day is coming up Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Watch the October water bill and this site for details. For shredding services before November, contact a commercial secure document destruction company.
Crud Cruiser Household Hazardous Waste Events
The city’s Crud Cruiser will make 22 visits to Fort Worth neighborhoods in 2014 and will offer more week night events and new locations. Check the schedule to see when you can drop off your household chemicals at a mobile collection event near your home.
Master Composter Course
The Master Composter course is a 15 hour class offered twice a year. The course is taught by nationally recognized instructor Larry Wilhelm. Class participants attending all three days receive the Rodale Book of Composting and a C.E. Shepherd Compost bin, and will be instructed on implementing good soil practices at home, the ins and outs of backyard composting and other sustainable practices for the home, yard and garden. Learn more »
Help fund Keep Fort Worth Beautiful events and efforts to make Cowtown a clean place to live.
- Report a Litterer
- Graffiti Abatement: Visit the Graffiti Abatement website to learn more.
- Arbor Day, Free Trees and Heritage Trees: Visit the Forestry Section for more information
- Environmental Education: Visit the Neighborhoods website.
- Special Event Recycling: Check out recycling bins for special events.
- Conquer your Crud: Find out how to drop off hazardous chemicals found in your home at the Environmental Collection Center.
- Be Air Aware: learn more about air pollution in North Texas at Air North Texas.
- Reverse Litter: Commit to pick up 10 pieces of trash on Tuesday.