City will be putting back recycling bins

Doreen Womack, executive director of Keep Midland Beautiful, told the Reporter-Telegram Wednesday that the city is in the process of putting back its recycling containers. She said bins already are in place at Chaparral Center at Midland College.

She also said the Citizens Collection Station, located at 4100 Smith Road, “will take all recycling right now.” The station operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

In late February the city announced that recycling containers around town were going to be removed until further notice. The city said that decision had been made because of equipment maintenance at the Butts Recycling Center.

Womack is cautioning about leaving materials outside of the recycling bins – which is considered illegal dumping.

“Leaving recycling outside of containers defeats the purpose of the time people took doing the right thing by saving the items because recycling left outside the containers goes to the trash,” Womack wrote in a letter that will appear in its entirety in Sunday’s Reporter-Telegram. “It is against city ordinances to leave recycling or anything outside of the recycling containers.”

Depending on the location, cardboard, paper and plastics marked with a 1 or 2 can be recycled.