Fort Worth is hosting its "biggest drop-off event ever" for residential recycling Saturday at LaGrave Field, allowing Fort Worth residents to drop off documents for shredding, tires, batteries, light bulbs, and electronics.
The free event, held in conjunction with America Recycles Day, will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Proof of residence, such as a driver’s license or water bill, is required. No business waste will be accepted.
Bridgestone Firestone, Goodwill Industries, and Greenstar, a recycling company, are hosting the event with the city.
In past years, the Fort Worth event has taken only documents for shredding. This year, the co-hosts are expanding the event to accept other recyclables.
A recent city audit found nearly 30 percent of trash taken to the city landfill is material that the city allows in the residential blue recycling carts, said Kim Mote, the city’s assistant code compliance director.
"Simply stated, we’re tossing far too many recyclable materials into the brown garbage carts that end up being buried in the landfill forever," he said.
Last year, more than 1,000 cars passed through the document-shredding event and dropped off 60,000 pounds of paper.
At this year’s event, residents can drop off up to five boxes of documents, at a maximum 40 pounds per box. Greenstar will issue a "certificate of destruction" for the paper and recycle it.
Bridgestone Firestone will collect up to four passenger tires per household.
All residential bulbs and batteries are being accepted.
Goodwill is accepting working and non-working electronics, small appliances, household items, furniture and clothing.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter