Keep Kingwood Green has been advocating for and educating about recycling in the Lake Houston Area for over 10 years. We have been a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer organization since 2008. We do not have an office location and don’t physically recycle anything ourselves; however, we do publicize events and help to facilitate recycling around the community.
Many of the activities we promote are in cooperation with the City of Houston. We also work with Humble ISD to promote recycling within the schools. One program we have worked pretty hard at the past few years is to bring curbside recycling to many of the community associations in the area. Generally each homeowner's association (HOA) controls the trash pickup process in their neighborhood. They sign contracts with companies such as Waste Management, Republic, Best Trash or the City of Houston to pick up trash. In many HOAs, they also contract for curbside recycling. Our group has given presentations to many HOA boards and meetings to advocate for curbside recycling service. All companies offer it but your HOA must contract for it.
In future articles for The Tribune, Keep Kingwood Green members will offer tips on how you can take steps toward “ZERO WASTE!” A number of cities have already found ways to stop sending so many things to the landfill. As we watch the Atascocita landfill grow, we have to know that at some point it will be full and a new landfill somewhere will have to be built. It seems no one really wants that to happen in their backyard. So we do need to learn to reduce, repurpose and recycle many things that we currently put in our trashcans.
We hope you will interact with us. Try some of our suggestions. Give us tips on how you are saving things from going to the landfill. Ask us questions. Just remember to think “Is there another” alternative before you put something in the trashcan? We can all help to Keep the Lake Houston Area Green!