UPDATED: City Council Changes Mind on Recycling Yard Waste


UPDATED: The City Council reversed course, and will NOT recycle yard waste.

UPDATED:  On Monday night, the West University City Council tentatively agreed to begin charging resident senior citizens a 50% discounted rate for the use of the West University Recreation Center and Colonial Park Pool.

The City Council also tentatively agreed to begin recycling yard waste on a trial basis. The council will review the policy after one year.

ORIGINAL STORY: At this evening’s bi-monthly regular meeting of the West University Place City Council, the council will discuss the consideration of new charges for residents 65 and older to use the Colonial Park Pool and the West University Recreation Center and expanding the city’s recycling program to include the mulching of yard clippings.

Tonight’s meeting of the West University Place City Council will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

Currently West U residents 65 and older are allowed to use the pool and recreation center at no charge. The proposed fee is $60 annually for Colonial Park Pool and $144 annually for the recreation center.

The city recycled yard waste from 1994 to 2006. During that time, the city collected between 1,400 and 1,600 tons each year. Since 2006, yard waste has been diverted from the city’s recycling program and dumped in the landfill.

Yard waste, commonly referred to as green waste, is composed of grass, flower cuttings and hedge trimmings, as well as domestic and commercial food waste. The city stopped recycling yard waste because of cost.

Currently, West U’s recycling conversion rate is about 25% of total curbside pick-up. This is about 10% below the national average. By adding yard waste recycling, West U’s recycling conversion rate would be well above the national average and likely the highest in Texas.

The estimated annual cost of implementing recycling yard waste is about $125,000, which would cost residents about $2 a month.

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