The City of Waco has submitted a permit to the TCEQ for a new landfill because the current one is almost full. Of course, recycling is the best strategy we have for slowing down how quickly we fill up our landfills. But did you know that besides just taking up space, landfills also create a gas called methane? Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. The more stuff we can keep out of the landfill (especially organic material like yard and food waste) the less methane will be produced.
Fortunately, the City of Waco has made it easy to recycle many materials, including yard waste. And now you can have not just one, but two green carts (for yard waste) and two blue carts (for other recyclables) at no additional cost. The blue carts are for mixed paper (newspaper, magazines, junk mail, phone books, etc.), clean cardboard (no pizza boxes that contain grease), aluminum, steel cans, tin, and #1 & #2 plastics only (no plastic bags). Anything else is trash and should go in a gray cart.