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Page 6A NEWS Hays Free Press = June 9, 2010 TDS Recycling Continued from pg. 1A less garbage a city produces, the longer its landfill will last. Outsourcing trash to a distant landfill or building a new one is an expensive prospect. "lithe landfill doses because it's full, it affects the cost dra- matically," said Rick Fraumann, TDS director of sales and cus- tomer care. Some estimates show Kyle's population spiking to 90,000 by the year 2040. With rapid growth, councilmembers say recycling is essential to keep the strain off the local landfill, which currently handles 12,000 tons of trash a week. "We either pay for it now or pay for it in the future," Coun- cilmember Russ Huebner said at last week's council meeting. "I think we'll see great benefits down the road. The landfill isn't going to last forever." If councilmembers approve the new system, about 7,500 households will receive three 96-gallon wheeled carts. One will be for trash, one for recy- clables and the third for yard Waste. TDS would take the yard waste bin and process it into compost, which it would sell through its Garden-V'dle store, established in 2001. Kyle currently gives its resi- dents 18-gallon recycle bins, but the larger cans could allow residents to recycle more mate- rials. Environmental impact could be tremendous, with the city salvaging thousands of tons of garbage from the landfill each year. Recyclables would be sorted through a new 100,000-square- foot recycling center slated to open in September at the 1,750- acre landfill site. The new recycling center will handle 20 tons of recyclables per hour and bring in 100 new jobs, TDS officials say. The extra services would add about $4 to the current month- ly garbage rate of around $13. Charges could be lower if the city agrees to a long-term pric- ing plan. In comparison, the City of Austin charges residents $26.95 plus a $5 anti-litter fee each month for two 90-gallon carts used for trash and recyclables. Yard waste is placed in and col- lected from a privately-owned bin. Last year, TDS began single- stream recycling in San Mar- cos, using the same method as Austin. The program has been touted as a success, with about 50 percent of the city's popula- tion participating, TDS officials say. For the three-cart system to be effective in Kyle, education would have to be the tip of the spear. "Education is really the key," Franmann said. "Kyle could be the leader that other cities fol- low." Once approved, TDS and city staff would educate local orga- nizations and schools on how to recydewiththenewsystem. City staff is also researching grants to cut the cost ofthe system. NOT YOUR AVERAGE DUMP TDS was founded in 1977 by brothers Bob and Jim Gregory, and the Creedmoor landfill was built in 1991. It's not the average garbage dump. The landfill site includes an upscale conference cen- ter and wild game preserve, complete with giraffes, zebras and a rhinoceros. The Garden- Ville program diverts organic waste such as tree trimmings, grass clippings and animal ma- nure to produce compost and mulch, while employees at the TDS resale store pull usable items out of the trash, clean or repair them and sell them to the general public. CUMBERSOME CARTS Local residents say the pro- gram has some drawbacks. The three large carts take up a lot of space in the garage, and resi- dents say they're sometimes confused about which cart goes to the curb on pick-up days. Additionally, carts sometimes litter the streets when strong winds knock them down. Mike Rubsam, the vice presi- dent of Amberwood's home- owners association, has heard these complaints. Despite these frustrations, he and many of his neighbors are still on board. "The program, overall, is very beneficial," he said. "I be- lieve that this is the right thing to do." Former councilmember Ray Bryant, who also resides in Am- berwood, said he was skeptical at first but has since changed his mind. "It seemed like a lot more work," he said. "But now, I think we should move this program forward." PHOTOS BY SEAN KIMMONS Stacks of 96-gallon carts wait to be sent out at Texas Disposal Systems in Creedmoor. A trailer full of garbage is dumped into the landfill. A bulldozer moves compost materials onto a "wind row" which are long narrow piles where compost materials sit and age until they are ready to be sold. ii!:: t:UTURE Not many banks will talk about the future. But Broadway Bank is different. We're a locally owned, independent bank that's been here since 1941. Assuring the future of this region is important to us, because this is our home too. So you can take comfort knowing that today, tomorrow and into the future--we'll be right here, investing in the promise of tomorrow for generations to come. Because we're here for good. BROADWAY BANK We're here for good'. ]2.z68.2o21 ] 8oo.531.76o I broadwaybank.cora ]8 NEIGHBORHOOD BANKING CENTERS ] Member FDIC +