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Environmental Services Offers Tips on Disposing Fall Yard Waste

Autumn is in the air and soon leaves will be covering the ground and officials with the Environmental Services Department have options for residents when it comes to cleaning up.

Officials with the Environmental Services Department (ESD) are asking residents to throw yard waste in the gray bins and not the blue recycle bins.

Additionally, ESD is also encouraging residents to utilize any of their five CCS sites this fall season to drop off any extra yard waste.

The Citizen Collection Stations are public drop-off sites for trash, household hazardous waste, bulky items, and recyclables.

These sites are free to residents with a recent El Paso water bill and matching I.D. Residents do not need a water bill to drop off recyclables.

All CCS sites offer many services to the public. Residents can pick up free reusable paint, mulch and reusable household products. They are also equipped with a Community Tool Shed, which allows residents to borrow yard tools such as rakes, shovels, and even lawnmowers for a maximum of five days.

To use the Community Tool Sheds, residents must be 18 years or older and have an I.D.

 

There are five CCS sites conveniently located in El Paso:

  • Far East – 3510 Confederate
  • Eastside – 1034 Pendale
  • Northeast – 4507 Hondo Pass (entrance off Stahala)
  • Central – 2492 Harrison
  • Westside – 121 Atlantic

For more information on Citizen Collection Stations and the services provided, visit the ESD webiste or call 311.

Environmental Services Department Seeking Volunteers

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is accepting volunteer applications from people who are passionate about recycling; keeping neighborhoods clean and want to make a difference in the community.

Volunteer opportunities include Recycle Right Neighborhood Captains, ESD Outreach Ambassadors, and an ESD Country Store Repair Technicians.

Residents interested in volunteering must be 16 years of age or older to apply.

The Environmental Services Department offers a wide range of services to residents including trash and recycling curbside collection, code enforcement, vector control, Citizen Collections Stations (CCS), air quality monitoring and community outreach among others.

For more information on volunteering with the Environmental Services Department, call (915) 212-6037 or visit the ESD Website.

Environmental Services Department Introduces New Mascot: “Bleu” The Recycling Robot

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) officially introduces the community to the newest addition of the family – “Bleu”, the curbside recycling robot.

The ESD is introducing him as a family-friendly way to reach out and educate the community about recycling. Bleu is ready to champion recycling and solid waste collection by offering free recycling presentations at outreach events such as schools, community fairs, and learning centers as well as civic, social and business organizations.

Residents can stop by and meet Bleu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ESD’s Earth Day Celebration Event on Saturday, April 7, at 7969 San Paulo.

Standing a little more than four feet tall, Bleu is an interactive robot. He talks, twists and turns, moves his arms and can clench his hands to give fist bumps. He also moves his eyes and eyebrows, and his lid opens.

The curbside recycling robot is determined to educate everyone about recycling and its importance, as well as reducing waste.

Bleu is available for outreach events by calling 3-1-1 or sending an email to the Environmental Services Department Training and Public Programs Division at esdtraining@elpasotexas.gov.

Video+Story: ESD Announces Winners of “Recycle Right, El Paso” PSA Video Contest

Wednesday morning the City of El Paso’s Environmental Services Department (ESD) announced the winners of the 2018 “Recycle Right, El Paso” PSA vide contest for high school students.

The contest required students to create a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) video based on the theme “Recycle Right, El Paso” that focused on all recycling services offered by the ESD. A panel of judges from the ESD Earth Day Committee selected the winners.

The winners are:

  • First Place – Montwood High School – Carlos Olivares and Crystal Saavedra
  • Second Place – Montwood High School – Isabela Cardenas, Isaac Perea, and Noah Hernandez
  • Third Place – Del Valle High School – Valerie H’luz-Pastrana and Eileen Matamoros.

Winners will be officially recognized during the regular El Paso City Council meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 3. The winning videos will also air on the City’s government channel, CityTV and the City’s YouTube channel.

The “2018 Recycle Right, El Paso” video winners are also posted on the City’s YouTube Channel.

ESD Encourages Residents to use Citizen Collection Stations during Spring Cleaning

With the official start of spring, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) is making spring cleaning easy as 1, 2, 3 by encouraging residents to drop off extra trash, pick up reusable items and borrow yard tools at one of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations (CCS).

The stations are public drop-off sites that provide a variety of services such as trash and recycling disposal, reusable paint and mulch pick up and yard tool borrowing.

The sites are free to residents who a pay a solid waste fee on their El Paso Water Utilities bill.  For more information on Citizen Collections Stations, visit the Environmental Services Department website or call 3-1-1.

Spring Cleaning at a CCS is as easy as 1..2..3:

  1. Drop Off – Extra trash, yard waste, oil and recyclables
  2. Pick Up – Free items such as mulch, reusable household products and reusable paint. Also, repurposed items can be picked up from the CCS at 3510 Confederate
  3. Borrow – Yard tools such as lawn mowers, shovels and rakes.

There are five Citizen Collection Stations located throughout the city:

  • Far Eastside – 3510 Confederate
  • Eastside – 1034 Pendale
  • Northeast – 4507 Honda Pass
  • Central – 2492 Harrison
  • Westside – 121 Atlantic

ESD Asks the Public to ‘Recycle Right’ During March Madness

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) encourages residents to go green and recycle by turning their blue bins into a hoop and dunking their recyclables during March Madness.

Big game gatherings can create a large amount of trash that will end up at the Greater El Paso Landfill. Environmental Services estimates that thousands of aluminum cans, plastic bottles and clean cardboard material will pass the recycle bin and be thrown in the trash before, during and after the games.

Below are a few tips ESD’s Recycling Division wants you to remember when it comes to recycling.

  • Before a gathering, set aside separate containers for trash and recycling. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles and clean cardboard packaged products are recyclable.
  • Pizza boxes and Styrofoam cups and plates are NOT RECYCLABLE; those belong in the trash.
  • Purchase aluminum cans instead of glass; ESD does not accept glass in the blue bins
  • Serve food on reusable plates that can be washed and used again. A move like this can reduce the amount of trash that may end up in the landfill.

Research proves that when people see others recycling, they’re more likely to follow that person’s lead.

The ESD encourages everyone to recycle right not just during March Madness but all year. To learn more about recycling visit Recycle Right El Paso at www.recyclerightEP.com

Environmental Services Offers Tips on Recycling During Game Time Sunday

Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) encourages residents to make a game-time decision to go green and recycle.

“If we can remember to rinse and recycle plastic bottles and aluminum beverage containers, we will be diverting waste from the landfill. We need to prevent contamination in the blue bin by keeping items that are not recyclable out, such as food and glass,” said Director of Environmental Services Ellen Smyth.

Football game gatherings can create large amounts of trash that end up at the Greater El Paso Landfill.

The ESD estimates that thousands of aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard material will pass the recycle bin and land in the trash Super Bowl Sunday.

Below are a few tips the ESD wants residents to remember when it comes to recycling.

  • Set aside separate containers for trash and recycling. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard packaged products are recyclable.
  • Pizza boxes and Styrofoam cups and plates are NOT RECYCLABLE; those belong in the trash.
  • Purchase aluminum canned beverages; glass is not recyclable in the blue bins.
  • Serve food on reusable plates that can be washed and used again. This can reduce the amount of trash that may end up in the landfill.

The Environmental Services Department encourages all residents to recycle right, not just for Super Bowl weekend but all year-round. To learn more about recycling visit the Recycle Right El Paso webpage.

City Encourages Residents Recycle Live Holiday Trees

This holiday season, the Environmental Services Department (ESD) is asking residents to recycle their live holiday trees or other recyclables starting Tuesday, December 26, at all five Citizen Collection Stations (CCS).

There is no charge to recycle holiday trees. The fresh trees will be recycled and turned into mulch, which will then be available, free of charge, to all residential customers. The ESD asks residents to remove all decorative items before dropping off a tree.

The Citizen Collection Stations will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, but will open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26. The CCS are located at:

  • 3510 Confederate
  • 1034 Pendale
  • 121 Atlantic
  • 4501 Hondo Pass
  • 2492 Harrison

Holiday Recyclables

Besides fresh trees, residents are also encouraged to recycle their cardboard gift boxes, wrapping paper and holiday cards, all of which are accepted in their blue recycling bins.

Materials that cannot be recycled include metallic wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and foam. These items should be placed in the gray bin.

For more information on the Citizen Collection Stations or other services offered by Environmental Services, please visit the department’s website or call (915) 212-6000 or 3-1-1.

2018 “Recycle Right, El Paso” Contest for High Schoolers Underway

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) is once again hosting the 2018 “Recycle Right, El Paso” public service announcement (PSA) video contest for local high school students.

Interested students are asked to create a 30-second PSA video with the theme “Recycle Right, El Paso.” The PSA must focus on recycling services provided by the ESD, such as curbside recycling, citizen collections stations, the ESD Country Warehouse, and the Recycling Division.

First, second, and third place winners will receive trophies and have their PSA televised on CITY-TV, the City’s government broadcast channel.

The winning videos will also be posted on all the City’s social media platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter). There is no fee to enter.

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m., February 26, 2018. Winners will be announced in the spring of 2018.

Entries can be mailed or delivered to:

Environmental Services Department

Attn: Anabel Chavez

7968 San Paulo Dr.

El Paso, Texas 79907

A complete set of rules, an application packet and additional information is posted under the “Video Contest” banner.

City Reminds Residents About Trash/Recycle Bin Lid Repairs

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) now repairs broken garbage or recycling bin lids at any of the City’s Citizen Collection Stations (CCS) for free.

The new service allows residents to take in their garbage or trash containers that have broken lids to any CCS to have it fixed that same day without having to call 3-1-1 and wait seven to 10 business days to have it repaired.

The City’s five Citizen Collection Stations are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The locations are as follows:

  • Northeast – 4501 Hondo Pass
  • Central – 2492 Harrison
  • Westside – 121 Atlantic
  • Eastside – 1034 Pendale
  • Far Eastside – 3510 Confederate

Citizen Collection Stations allow residents to take trash, household hazardous waste, and bulky items to any drop-off location. The sites also function as additional places for recyclables, to complement the city’s curbside recycling program.

Residents who need to repair a damaged garbage or recycling bin can continue to call 3-1-1 to have it repaired free of charge.

For additional information, call the Environmental Services Department at (915) 212-6000 or search for Environmental Services Department.

ESD: Tackle Recycling During Football Season

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) encourages football fans to make a game-time decision to go green and recycle during football season.

“If we can remember to recycle plastic and aluminum beverage containers and rinse them before placing in the blue bin, we will be diverting waste from the landfill,” said Environmental Services Department Director Ellen Smyth. “We also need to prevent contamination at the recycling center by not putting non-recyclable items, such as food and glass, in the recycling bins.”

Whether fans attend a game or watch one on television, game gatherings can create a large amount of trash that will end up at the Greater El Paso Landfill.

Environmental Services estimates thousands of aluminum cans, plastic beverage containers and cardboard material will pass the recycle bin and be thrown in the trash before, during and after games.

The ESD has the following reminders when it comes to recycling:

  • Set aside separate containers for trash and recycling. Aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cardboard packaged products are recyclable.
  • Pizza boxes and Styrofoam cups and plates are NOT RECYCLABLE
  • Purchase aluminum canned beverages
  • Serve food on reusable plates that can be washed and used again. A move like this can reduce the amount of trash that may end up in the landfill.

The Environmental Services Department encourages everyone to recycle right, not just during football season but all year-round.

To learn more about recycling, visit Recycle Right El Paso.

Video+Story: Environmental Services Department Hosts Road-E-O Saturday

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) invites the public the 21st annual Road-E-O event on Saturday, May 6, at 8 a.m. at the Municipal Service Center located at 7968 San Paulo.

The ESD Collection Division holds the competition every year for large equipment drivers. The competition consists of driving 18-wheelers (Tractor-Trailers), Rear Loaders, Side Loaders (ASL’s) and Front Loaders through a variety of obstacle courses.

The contest challenges drivers to keep their skills current while building teamwork among the division.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Tots N Trucks” and the ESD will kick-off the event by honoring Jackson Toomey, age 3, and Jovany Olvera, age 6.

The City of El Paso’s Television station, CITYTV, featured both boys in the “Your City in 5” show for their love of collection trucks.  The stories featuring both boys may be found in the following links: Jovany Olvera and Jackson Toomey.

The winners of the Road-E-O competition will go on to compete in the state completion in June, where they will represent the Environmental Services Department and El Paso.

Environmental Services Department Opens New Citizen Collection Station

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department has officially opened the newest Citizen Collection Station (CCS) located at 3510 Confederate, on the city’s far-east side.

Citizen Collection Stations are designated areas where residents can drop off trash, household hazardous waste, bulky items like furniture and mattresses, and recyclables. Residents may use the sites free of charge by providing a recent water bill and matching identification.

The new Citizen Collection Station has the same services as all other sites located in El Paso. The site offers reusable paint, mulch, and reusable household products, as well as a community tool shed where residents can borrow yard tools.

This specific location has a country warehouse where residents can help divert waste to the landfill by repurposing things such as washers, dryers, stoves, bicycles, lawnmowers and anything else that the community can use.

The country warehouse is on an “As Is” and first come, first serve basis.

The Citizen Collection Stations are located throughout El Paso:

  • Northeast – 4507 Hondo Pass
  • Central – 2492 Harrison
  • Westside – 121 Atlantic
  • Eastside – 1034 Pendale
  • Far East – 3510 Confederate (new location)

Video+Story: ESD Announces Winners “Recycle Right, El Paso” PSA Contest for Students

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 “Recycle Right, El Paso” Video PSA Contest for middle school and high school students.

The contest required students to create a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) video based on the theme “Recycle Right, El Paso” that focuses on the importance of recycling.

First place winners were recognized with an award during the El Paso City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 18.

A panel of judges from the ESD Earth Day Committee selected the following winners:

High School Contest:

First Place: Del Valle High School; Allison Falcon and Fernando Lara

Second Place: Del Valle High School; Connie Martinez and Paulina Lopez

Third Place: Austin High School; Jazmin Lerma and Benjamin Fernandini

Middle School Contest:

First Place: El Paso Leadership Academy; Damian Ceniceros and Raquel Landin

Second Place: John Drugan School; Deanna Campbell and Brandon Porras

Third Place: El Paso Leadership Academy; Christina Acuña and Klarissa Martinez

Winners will have their videos televised on CITY TV and the City of El Paso YouTube channel.

ESD: Use Citizen Collection Stations for Spring Cleaning

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department (ESD) is ready to help residents do some spring cleaning and clear their homes of clutter and unwanted trash by taking advantage of the Citizen Collection Stations.

The Citizen Collection Stations (CCS) are public drop-off sites for trash, household hazardous waste, bulky items, and recyclables. The sites are free to residents and all that is needed is a recent water bill and matching identification. However, no construction or demolition material will be accepted.

In addition, the CCS offer many spring-cleaning items for free, including reusable paint, mulch, and reusable household products.

The collection stations are also equipped with a Community Tool Shed, which allow residents to rent yard tools such as lawnmowers, shovels, and rakes.

There are four CCS:
· Northeast – 4507 Honda Pass
· Central – 2492 Harrison
· Westside – 121 Atlantic
· Eastside – 1034 Pendale

For more information on the Citizen Collections Stations, call the ESD at 311 or visit their website.

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