Wichita Falls residents now have the option for curbside recycling thanks to a new Texoma business.
It's called GreenCo, as Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out, it's providing a service that until now, was not available in our area.
"The money is just a side thought. Obviously, I have to make a profit to keep the business going, but it's really just a need," GreenCo owner Jason Tucker said.
Tucker is a delivery man for a bottled water company.
Running his route in Wichita Falls, many of his customers started asking if the company would recycle the plastic water jugs.
Tucker said the company did not see this as being very cost efficient, so, he took things into his own hands.
Now, Tucker spends his days delivering the water bottles around town and his nights picking up plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper for his new business GreenCo.
"A lot of people stack their plastics and aluminum up in their garage and there it sits for the next 6 to 8 months to a year. Where this way, I come by once a week or once every other week and pick it up and get out of your way. It's really about the convenience," Tucker said.
The city of Wichita Falls does have curbside recycling but only for organic materials.
The white and blue dumpsters around town are only for newspaper and glass jars and bottles.
"There's no one local or anywhere really around this area that takes plastics. Which is one of the problems, is no one wants to recycle plastics," Tucker said.
Jan Herzog is one of GreenCo's first customers.
She's a member of the Red River Sierra Club, an organization that promotes clean environment.
"We feel like recycling is a way to give back a little bit and to help a little with environmental problems," Herzog said.
The organization has been asking the city for years to provide more extensive curbside recycling. So, when she heard about GreenCo, she was thrilled!
This is the first full week of curbside pickups for the new company and through word-of-mouth, GreenCo already has 20 customers.
"Even if my one bin might not save the earth, it's a part of it and if everybody is doing his or her part and having an influence on others it does create more of a widespread ripple effect," Herzog said.
Once Tucker gets a full truck load, he hauls the goods to Oklahoma City to a recycling plant called Red Earth.
While he hopes his business will continue to expand, his real hope is that it will continue well into the future.
"I've got three kids and you look at them and think. I'll be ok but what's it going to be like for them for the next 20 to 30 years because there is already trash all over. They really help because as far as recycling goes, they are really good at it," Tucker said.
"It all has to start somewhere each person's contributions are very important," Herzog said.
GreenCo provides its customers with a bin for a start fee of $10.
Tucker will sort the items and pick them up either weekly, bi-weekly or once a month.
Monthly rates for curbside service:
$7.99 Monthly pick up
$9.99 Bi-Weekly pick up
$12.99 Weekly pick up