It’s that time of year again! Time to clear out your garage, shed, attic or property where you’ve been hoarding those tires, mattresses, paint, motor oil, antifreeze and other hard to recycle items. Keep Pearland Beautiful is hosting Pearland Recycles Day on Saturday, November 11 from 9 AM – 1 PM. This is the only day that the Stella Roberts Recycling Center will accept tires and mattresses for recycling. KPB is also encouraging residents to bring used/worn textiles on this day. Pearland residents can recycle both items for free on this day and non-Pearland residents can recycle up to 8 tires ($2/each) and up to 3 mattresses ($5/each). Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) including paint, motor oil, antifreeze, etc. is accepted year-round at the Recycling Center during normal operating hours of Tuesday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM – 1 PM. Brazoria County residents can recycle HHW at the Recycling Center for free with proof of residency and non-Brazoria County residents can drop-off HHW for a $1/pound donation to KPB.
Tires and mattresses were chosen to be collected on this day for several reasons. Used tires can be a threat to the environment because they hold water, serving as a breeding space for mosquitos. They can also become a fire hazard, emitting harmful toxins into the environment. Used tires will be sent to Liberty Tire Recycling, where they will become rubber mulch and tire derived aggregate. Mattresses are bulky, hard to compress, and tough on machinery when taken to the landfill. Mattresses collected from the event will be sent to Houston Furniture Bank, which will reuse, if possible, or recycle up to 90% of the material.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 85% of discarded textiles are sent to the landfill in the U.S. By bringing used clothing and other textiles to the recycling center, you will become part of the solution. Simple Recycling will collect the textiles and sort them for resale in thrift stores or ship them both domestically and internationally to be recycled. Simple Recycling will donate $20 for every ton of material collected to KPB.
Keep Pearland Beautiful offers this program in conjunction with Texas Recycles Day and America Recycles Day. Please go online and take the pledge to recycle more at americarecyclesday.org. For more information about this event visit www.mykpb.org or call (281) 489-2795.
For a list of items the Stella Roberts Recycling Center accepts on an ongoing basis click here.