Grapevine going greener with pilot brush, bulk program

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The City Council voted unanimously July 16 to approve a pilot program designed to get more green out of landfills and into the recycling arena.

The three-month brush/bulk pilot project that affects two residential routes will be rolling out in September.

City Manager Bruno Rumbelow said the plan is to “make for a greener, cleaner Grapevine.”

Councilwoman Darlene Freed agreed.

“I’m really excited about doing this. It’s going to take a lot of education. I think we’re going to encourage people to recycle more,” Freed said.

Public Works Director Stan Laster told the Council that the city is continuing to increase its efforts to go green following the success of a cart recycling program introduced in November. Residents were given wheeled carts with lids that are picked up weekly from curbside.

Since last year’s rolling carts were introduced, Laster said, “there has been an 84 percent increase in recycle tonnage.”

“The next step to increase diversion is to recycle brush and keep it out of the landfill,” he said.

Currently, the city provides unlimited brush and bulk service on Wednesdays to all residents. The average monthly tonnage is 86 tons, all of which are disposed in the landfill.

The pilot program would run from September through November.

Brush only service will be provided on the first, third and fifth Wednesday. It would include tree limbs and brush, leaves and grass clippings in mulch bags only.

Bulk and brush service will be provided on the second and fourth Wednesday, the current service schedule.

A mailer will be sent Aug. 1 to residents on routes where the service will be offered. It will include approximately 2,736 homes.

The city will track tonnage and customer inquiries and results will be presented to city officials in December.

“It’s a great concept,” Mayor Pro Tem C. Shane Wilbanks said. “I believe this is going to be welcomed by our citizens.”

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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