Reeves was in town to meet with city staff members and to hand out some flyers reminding city residents what NOT to put in the green-topped toters.
Those include cloth and textiles, batteries, electronics, yard wastes, leaves, coat hangers, Styrofoam, aluminum foil, glass, ceramics, garden hoses, food scraps, rubber balls, plastic bags and hazardous waste.
What residents may place in the toters are things like plastic bottles, including water and soda bottles, butter and yogurt tubs, syrup and squeezable jelly bottles and milk jugs.
Also, just about any type of paper product is recyclable. That includes newspapers, junk mail, catalogs, magazines, envelopes, cereal and frozen dinner boxes, drink cartons, cardboard, copy paper and phone books.
Metal cans also are welcome in the recycling toters.
That includes aluminum drink cans, metal food cans, soup cans and almost any type of can made of aluminum, tin or steel.
Reeves often has stressed the importance of recycling. It not only returns many reusable items back into production and reduces the need for raw materials, but also greatly reduces the amount of wastes that end up in valuable landfill space.
Republic Services managers have often reminded Beeville residents that the use of the garbage and recycling toters is a benefit for the community. One of those benefits is that the company’s toters are large enough to hold an entire week’s discards. That means the company is able to save fuel and wear and tear on its trucks by servicing a residence once instead of twice a week.
The recycling toters are to be set at the curb, on the street, on specific trash collection days with the opening facing outward, toward the street.
The toters allow automated pickup by the drivers of the trash and recycling trucks. That cuts down on the need for additional personnel to step out and empty privately owned trash containers.
Residents should remember that on days when both types of containers are emptied, it is important to leave three or four feet of space between the two so that the automated equipment can be used.
Also, containers should not be filled to the point that the lids will not close. If that happens, the overflowing refuse could be blown out of the toter and into yards and streets.
Also, trash and garbage should be in plastic garbage bags when placed in the toter. That reduces the likelihood that the items inside could be blown away from the truck when the toters are emptied.
If a resident cannot get all the trash into the container without leaving the lid up some, the excess bags should be left behind and put in the toter for the next collection day.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.