With signs of spring all around, with wildflowers blooming, the warmer weather and the outdoors begging for us to be out and active, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning. If you still have bagged leaves and yard debris that needs to be picked up, call the city office at 347-6449 and let them know so that we can send a crew around to pick up your bagged leaves. We are glad to add this to the compost pile at the landfill; however, we will have to end this pick-up service on Friday, April 9 for this spring to allow our crews to handle other problems. The landfill itself is in good shape for the spring, and this past week we received word that all of the hard work we have been doing during the past couple of years and more specifically during the past few months has paid off, and the enforcement action we have been dealing with is now compliant and resolved! This represents several actions on the city’s part to complete the methane venting trenches and reduce the measured methane at the landfill’s west boundary and meet several other obligations resulting from previous inspections. We still have some more recent issues but they are being studied and remediation is underway.
The City is also planning a Spring Clean-up and Free Dump at the landfill next week. We have scheduled it for April 15, 16 and 17 and will be accepting all refuse at the landfill from any county residents with no charges. We will have the landfill open regular hours Thursday and till noon on Saturday, and we will be extending the landfill hours for the Friday evening until 8:00 p.m. so that people can get their work done and take advantage of the free dumping until dark. Since we are working to help our citizens clean up their homes, we will not be able to accept commercial or construction debris during this time. The City will also have another trailer for the collection of used auto tires that will be parked at the Recycle Center, however this time the cost will have to be covered by the City so the Commission decided that each person bringing tires would be charged $1.00 per tire and we would limit the customer to only 8 tires per household. We will be collecting tires, batteries, cardboard and plastics at the Recycling Center on Ave F during this Spring Clean-up, but some of the items we collected last spring cannot be collected this year. If you need more information call the city office, and start planning your clean up around the house and put the dates on your calendar so that we can all work together to make our town and our entire community clean and neat.
As you are working to clean-up remember also that our Recycling Center is open and not everything that needs to be disposed of should be taken to the landfill. Everyday we collect paper, cardboard, plastics, tin cans, used electronic equipment and glass and everything that we receive there stays out of the landfill. The City received a certificate from one of our "partners" in recycling recently, and it says that just last year Mason recycled over 153 TONS of paper and cardboard! This amount of recycling conserved 2601 trees, saved 1,071,000 gallons of water, reduced 9180 pounds of air pollution, and saved 627,300 Kw Hours of electricity! That is a tremendous positive impact on our environment from just our small town, and most importantly to us locally, recycling all of that paper and cardboard kept 4059 cubic yards of fill out of our landfill! Every little bit helps, and together we all contribute to making a very large contribution to the conservation of our environment and a distinct improvement in our community. Think about recycling as you go about your spring cleaning, and make it a habit to go by the Recycling Center regularly to drop off your recyclables. Mason is a great place to live and with all of us working together we can continue to brag that this is the very best hometown in Texas.
Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley