Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day of operation for the Brenham Recycling Center in downtown Brenham.

Following the end of regular business hours tomorrow, the facility, located at 307 South Market Street, will no longer take recyclables.  The center is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After the facility is closed, recycling will only be taken at the Citizens Collection Station at 2009 Old Chappell Hill Road, as part of the City of Brenham’s new sanitation agreement with Brannon Industrial Group (BIG).

As for the property the recycling center is located on, Public Works Director Dane Rau said the city will consider all options, and will visit with the city council to see how the property will “benefit the downtown area in the best way”.

Rau said there are no set plans right now for the property, but the city will first have to complete several weeks of organizing and cleaning up the site before beginning to look at potential options.

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  1. The manager at the recycling center was great. He still has a job with the city but10 +
    employees were let go.

    Nice move Brenham ??

  2. I leave my trash barrel on the curb side because it’s only been picked up twice since the transition occurred. In fact it’s full right now. But usually they come and collect it when I mention it down at City Hall. This whole thing has worked out very well so far as far as I can tell

  3. The Washington County Recycling program was a model program of what a small to mid size community should aspire to achieve. It is a shame that it will not be continued in a location that is as accessible and convenient. Hopefully, not much will be lost in the few miles and changes that are taking place.

  4. City of Brenham residents now have the tools to recycle from their home curbside. I hope it easy enough to use the tools given. The county residents now will go to a new location to recycle for a fee in addition to fees per bag for non recycled garbage. As I understand….The city has supposedly worked the recycling cost into the city residents bill therefore the county residents are asked to pay a fee as well. The location on old chappel hill road is not ideal and yet to be seen how the traffic flow will work inside the gates. The road construction to begin on old chappell hill rd will be a definite challenge as well. I hope for well thought out traffic and procedures at the new site.
    Recycling is so easy to do and greatly reduces the use of landfills, polluted waters, air and land. It decreases the dependence on fuel sources, saves money and energy. No one wants a landfill next door but yet where do you think all that trash goes after you use it? Smash your cardboard, stack your papers, toss your plastic bottles, tin cans, soda cans, glass bottles in a separate sack – and you have helped save money, energy, the air, water and nature for the next generation. Thank you for reading.

    Paper – Trees…. If 1/10 of all discarded American newspapers were recycled annually, approximately 25 million trees would be saved.
    Cans….. You can make 20 new cans from recycled material using the same amount of energy that it takes to make 1 brand new can.
    Americans use 65 billion aluminum soda cans each year.
    Glass… An estimated 80% of all glass containers recovered for recycling are re-melted in furnaces and used to manufacture of new glass containers.
    Glass bottles take 4,000 years to decompose.
    Animals ….Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion.
    Ocean….. According to a study done by the University of Georgia, 18 billion pounds of plastic trash winds up in our oceans each year. To put that in perspective, it’s enough trash to cover every foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic…compounding every year.
    Plastic .. It takes 500 years for average sized plastic water bottles to fully decompose.
    12. 9 out of 10 people said they would recycle if it were “easier”.
    Landfills.. Over 11 million tons of recyclable clothing, shoes, and textiles make their way into landfills each year.
    Car air pollution…The U.S. recycling rate is around 34.5%. If we’re able to get the rate to 75%, the effect will be like removing 50 million passenger cars from U.S. roads.
    Soil – Water Polluted…. Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution – roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled.

  5. It is a huge negative to our city to loose this facility. It was very well run, it met the needs of many people, and allowed for a safe, clean, cost effective way to recycle, The gentleman who ran this facility indeed did do a great job. I have watched the first few weeks of the “BIG” service. I have watched elderly people struggling with their BIG ugly bins; someone is going to be hurt by these. I try to go help them but I am not always outside when they want to move their BIG ugly bin. I have seen these bins left outside for days at a time, they are getting blown over by the wind, and they become traffic hazards. The first day BIG came to house, they took my BIG ugly bin and emptied into their truck, instead of placing it by the curb like I put it out for them, they left it in the middle of my driveway half on the road, half on my driver. There was no respect for the fact that they blocked my driveway and created a safety hazard. This whole deal has been an unqualified disaster. We need new and wise city management that we appear not to have right now. It is time to drain our local swamp!

  6. People are already using dumpsters in town for household refuse. Problem is they overfill or put garbage next to the dumpsters. Very unsightly and becomes an even worse issue when we get storms.

  7. I’m not paying $45! It’s ridiculous. I hope they consider leaving recycle trailers around the county so we can continue recycling.

  8. What a shame. Sorry to see it go. County will suffer with more litter. Thanks to the workers at the facility. Hope you have been able to find new jobs. Shame on city.

  9. The gentleman running the recycling center needs at really big THANK YOU from everyone for he has done an excellent job. Since he took over it was run very efficient and was always clean. My feeling is the city is making a big mistake privatizing garbage pickup just to save some bucks. Sometimes in shouldn’t always be about money. Have you notice how people are already not remove containers from curbs or just leaving outside in front of the homes. Looks trashy, pardon the pun. Brenham hometown beauty will suffer….

    1. I said as much at the City council Meeting but it fell on deaf ears as the decision was already made ?

    2. Just thought I would let you know WHY my containers are on the drive in front of my house; I have nowhere to put them at the side and can’t walk far enough to put them BEHIND the house. This should have been thought out better. And I agree with you; it looks awful.

  10. Do they really expect county residents to pay $45 for the privilege of driving out to the dump to recycle? It will all end up in a landfill, or worse, burned. Was this thought through, at all?

    1. The idea behind recycling is to reduce the amount of waste that goes into a landfill. The paper, plastics,metals, glass, cardboard can be “recycled” and sold to be reprocessed. If you look at the surrounding counties ( Montgomery, Waller,Fayette, Brazos, etc…) all provide a site where residents of the county can recycle these items at no cost to the resident( near as I can tell). If you charge people to recycle their items…. they will not recycle!! The county commissioners need to develop a site for county residents to recycle-at no charge to county residents – encourage people to recycle – charging county residents will discourage recycling!!!

    2. Yes. I have already done so. 84 cents a week. Either you want to recycle or you don’t. Put up or shut up.

  11. Dane Rau said that the city does not know how yo use the property. I have an idea. How about putting a recycling drop off location that is centrally located for the tax payers. It would really be a good location since the functions have already been organized.

    1. What a great idea! Might even keep the experienced people there ?
      Sell or lease the site to BIG.
      The site used to be kind of an eyesore but not anymore. Has been nicely “cleaned up” organized, nice fencing screen.

    2. Wow that’s a great idea !! I wonder why our elected city officials didn’t think of that ?!!

    3. Why do we need a recycle center for taxpayers? Taxpayers have curbside, single-stream recycling as of May. The recycle center has been operating at a loss, and now it is an unnecessary expense. If you live in the county, you do not pay city taxes and it is not fair for city taxpayers to subsidize you! Your tax dollars go to the county. You should be asking your commissioner for a solution. Or pay a private hauler. If you want city amenities, move to the city and pay taxes.

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