At the risk of being labeled a “crunchy” mom, I’ve been dying to write a post on recycling down here in the RGV.
Growing up in Central Texas, those little blue bins were on every curb. Over the years, the bins grew into trashcan-sized containers on wheels. It seemed that tossing things into the recycling was now on par with tossing things into the trash. (Yes, I use “recycling” as both a noun and verb.)
As an adult, I moved to NYC, where every apartment building I lived in also collected both trash and recycling. Come Monday, you would see supers outside building, sorting any cans and cardboard that the tenants hadn’t. You would even see random people come along with shopping carts and dig through trash bags for cans and bottles they could redeem for cash— there are legendary tales of people who sent their kids to college that way!
So, when I moved to Mission, I had to change some long-standing conservation habits. Gone were the days of city-collected recycling. Now, I was buying my own blue bins at Walmart and making my own drop every two weeks at one of the municipal recycling centers.
It’s just something I HAVE to do. My husband and I are obsessed with seltzer water in cans. I just cannot imagine throwing anywhere from 3-5 cans a day into the trash. Yes, it’s wasteful to buy so many canned drinks— but then trashing those cans after one use? That’s SUPER wasteful.
There’s a grey area between tree-hugger and trash-hole, and I prefer to live somewhere in that space. Although, truly, I’m hoping to make my lifestyle a little more green.
[RELATED: Get crafty with those old glass jars.]
Where do you stand on recycling? Does your city pick up recycling curbside, or do you do your own collection and drops?
In an effort to make being green a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of recycling centers across the RGV.
Recycling Centers in the RGV
Drop-off Location • 423. N Tower Rd.
Items accepted: newspapers, magazines, phonebooks, aluminum cans, cardboard, and used motor oil.
Alton Recycling Center • located on the south side of Alton City Hall on W. Dawes Ave.
Items accepted: paper, magazines, cardboard and plastics. Items may be dropped in through conveniently placed windows, available and open to the public. Open Saturday and Sunday 8 am – 5 pm.
Recycling Center • 3102 S. Business 28
Items accepted: cardboard, newspaper, magazines, bond paper, computer paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics #1 & #2 and automotive waste. Monday – Friday 8 – 6:30 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 8 – 5 pm.
*Edinburg also has a program set up for Recycling Center! It’s only $5/month (and a quick workshop to get started).
Recycling Center of McAllen • 4101 N Bentsen Rd
Drive up to the guard stand and let them know you need to drop off home recycling. The big blue bins are easy to spot!
*The City of McAllen has been picking up curbside home recycling once a week, since 1994! Check the schedule for your area.
Lion’s Park • 1500 Kika de la Garza Loop
Sanitation Department • 105 Abelino Farias
These are mobile recycling trailers. Each trailer has three bins – one for cardboard, one for paper, and one for plastic.
Pharr Recycling Center• 1015 E. Ferguson Ave.
Accepts most recyclables— including light bulbs and e-waste! Here’s the full list.
Public Works Dept. • 217 E. Hickman St.
Items accepted: paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic. Open to drop-offs Monday- Friday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday 8 am – 12 pm.
Recycling Center of San Juan • 323 W. 1st St.
Accepts most recyclables, except glass.