Recycling available in Liberty Hill

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By Christine Bolaños

Liberty Hill residents as well as those who reside in the extra-territorial jurisdiction receive recycling services from Al Clawson Disposal at no additional cost. Customers pay a flat fee for garbage disposal as well as recycling services.

If a resident does not currently have a recycling bin they are welcome to call the company to have one delivered to their home.

“We’ve adopted a flat rate so there’s no separate fee,” explained Tanya Clawson, corporate secretary and municipal sales director. She and her brother and vice president Troy Clawson took over operations after their father passed away in 2008.

“We were already working within the company,” Clawson said, “but upon his passing, we took on more of a leadership role to keep everything going.”

Flat rates vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, but Clawson said all residents within the city limits receive services. Neighborhoods outside the city that receive services include Sundance Ranch, Sundance Estates, Stonewall Ranch, Sierra Springs, Cierra Vista and Stagecoach Hills.

Residents within city limits have an 18-gallon recycling container that should be set by the curb by 7 a.m. on Friday mornings. Clawson Disposal picks up recycling weekly in Liberty Hill.

Those who reside in the ETJ should have a 95-gallon cart. Recycling services are offered every other week.

Once a resident who lives in the ETJ signs up for recycling, they should expect their recycling items to be picked up every other week. Schedules are sent out via email or mail.

Flat rates vary depending on where residents reside so Clawson recommends those needing more information call the company.

“To my knowledge, we service all of Liberty Hill’s ETJ and we provide service in Bertram,” Clawson said.

If someone doesn’t receive recycling services, they are welcome to drop off items at Al Clawson Disposal, 8600 IH 35 in Georgetown, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Mixed recycling is transported to Balcones Resources, Inc., in Austin. Accepted items include metal, tin cans, aluminum cans, aluminum foil that is not contaminated with foods and plastics no. 1-7. A recycling stamp with a number is usually located at the bottom of a plastic item.

No. 1 includes soft drink, water and other beverage bottles, detergent and cleaning containers, peanut butter and other food containers and bottles.

No. 2 includes milk and water jugs, laundry detergents and shampoo bottles.

No. 3 includes clear food packaging, cling wrap, detergents and window cleaner bottles, as well as some plastic squeeze bottles, cooking oil and peanut butter jars.

No. 4 includes bread, frozen food, most plastic wraps and some bottle.

No. 5 includes deli soups, syrup, yogurt and margarine containers, clouded plastic containers, baby bottles and straws.

No. 6 includes CD cases, disposable cutlery, Styrofoam, food containers, packaging and egg cartons.

No. 7 is mixed or other plastic such as plastic baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottle, sport water bottles and clear plastic sippy cups.

Glass, paper — including newspaper, office paper, junk mail, phone books, paper bags, magazines, paper board (like a cereal box) and cardboard are also accepted.

Unacceptable items include plastic grocery bags, light bulbs, mirrors, ceramics, electronics and batteries. Clawson reminds customers that plastic containers should be clean and dry.

“We were one of the first companies to launch in central Texas with a truck and trailer,” Clawson said. “We are conservative and wanted to expand our conservation efforts to our customers.”

The company, which was founded by her parents, started with 300 customers in 1982. Today, Clawson Disposal services more than 60,000 customers.

She said the company is committed to doing its part to conserve the environment.

“Not only are we conserving our own resources, but one household at a time, we continuously reduce our carbon footprint, so that translates to many different factors,” Clawson said.

She said recycling also helps conserve the area’s landfills.

According to The Glass Packaging Institute, for every six tons of recycled container glass used, a ton of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced. Per the Can Manufacturers Institute, used recycled metal in new aluminum beverage cans uses 95 percent less energy and emits 95 percent less greenhouse gases than manufacturing cans from raw materials.

Al Clawson Disposal, Inc., is closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If a resident’s pick up day falls on or after a holiday, their collection day will run one day late that week only.

For more information, visit www.clawsondisposal.com.

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