Waste hauler reminds city not all recycling is green

Farmersville City Council discusses ways to educate residents on how to properly separate recyclables

By Crystal Havner
Reporting for The Sun-Gazette

FARMERSVILLE – The idea of recycling green waste and plastics is not a new one, but getting people to properly separate them is an old problem. 

During her annual report to the Farmersville City Council, Sol Nunes of Mid Valley Disposal said one of her company’s main concerns in the city was upkeep on business trash bins. One problem has been individuals putting their trash in the business bins.

“We are working on that problem,” said Nunes, “by giving owners locks to put on their bins.”

Nunes said overall residents are doing a pretty good job. She is hoping for more education on the use of green waste and recyclable bins.

She stated that many residents work very hard and rake up their leaves, put them in trash bags and then in the green waste cans.

“Now the plastic bag has contaminated the green waste,” she said. “People need to know to put the leaves directly into the can. It’s things like that that we need to educate people about and what is recyclable and what is not.”

Mayor Greg Gomez asked if there was anything the city could do to help educate residents.

“If you put it on your website it has to be visual and user friendly,” she said. 

Council member Paul Boyer asked about the disposal of used oil filters, oil pans, and empty oil cans and containers.

“We are no longer able to dispose of those,” Nunes said. “There is a concern with the trucks carrying them and the possibility of fires.”

Nunes suggested residents call Auto Zone about disposal or take it to Visalia Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at 335 N. Cain in Visalia. The center is only open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. During Visalia’s “Dump On Us Days” it is open from 7 a.m. to noon.

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