Wichita Falls is making money while going green

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls Sanitation Department has expanded a recycling program to extend the life of its landfill while also going green.

The city is also making some green cash from the program.

The Choose to Drop It program has been going on for a little more than five years. The goal is to get the citizen of the Falls to get out and recycle.

"We're trying to help the environment out," David Longacre said. "There's only a limited amount of resources God's given us and throw garbage away like you should."
The city's landfill is expected to be in use for another 250 years recycling could extend that life even further that is why the transfer station supervisor Ralph Venegas said this program is really important.

"It's been doing really, really good and I guess word of mouth has been spreading and we're trying to promote it," Venegas said.

The bottles are separated based on the bin. Large bottles go into the cow painted, think milk jugs, and the smaller soft drink bottles go into the red bin without the lids.

The recycled bottles end up at the Wichita Falls Sanitation Department where they get compressed into barrels which can weigh anywhere from 300 to 400 pounds.

Those barrels get taken and sold to a processor in Denton, every two months, where they are sold for thousands of dollars, depending on the material.

Recycling also helps save 13 months of landfill space every year.

The recycling bins can be found at the Sanitation Department on Lucy Park and at the Transfer Station on Lawrence Rd.

Just a reminder Wichita Falls city offices will observe Thanksgiving.

Thursday's, November 23, trash pickup will be collected on Wednesday, November 22, and Friday's, November 24, trash pickup will move to Saturday, November 18.

It will then return to normal hours.

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