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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 • Posted February 23, 2011

Last fall the City submitted an application for a grant to the Concho Valley Council of Governments for some improvements at the Recycling Center, but with all the news stories about budget cuts in government I was beginning to think they might just cancel the whole program. Instead, this past week we received a letter and contract awarding us the full amount we requested and so now we are making plans on how to make the changes we anticipate will help the materials handling and safety for the citizens who drop off their recycling at the Center on Ave F. This is the same grant program that has provided for some of the equipment we have previously incorporated into our recycling such as the trailers that are located around town, one of the balers we use every day, the skid steer we use to move bales of recycled cardboard, and even the building we house the Recycling Center in on Ave F. The City is very appreciative of all that the CVCOG has done to help us establish a progressive recycling program in Mason, and now is a good time for our community to respond with ideas on how to improve recycling locally and with renewed efforts to add to the recycling materials.

With this new grant we anticipate adding some equipment to move the large pallets and bales of recycled cardboard or plastics in a safer manner. We are also intending to add large hoppers for customers to sort their recycle materials into that will allow for easier movement and handling within the building. Another idea is to add metal tables for customers as well as our employees to use to sort the materials so that they may be placed in the proper bins. We are also looking at the ways in which customers have to move around inside the recycling building and are considering some changes that will reduce the hazards and provide a safer environment. During the next several weeks we will be carefully considering how the Recycling Center works and determining what specific changes we think will improve it the most, but we can use all the suggestions and ideas that our citizens wish to share. If you have an idea for improvements call the city office at 347-6449 and talk to John Palacio or myself, or email me at and we will take your suggestions into consideration as we make our plans.

Recycling within the City of Mason has very definitely increased over the past several years, and every sack of recycled materials is trash that will not end up in the landfill. It is in the best interest for all of us if our citizens will continue to increase their support of recycling; and if you already make this a habit in your home please encourage your friends and neighbors to join our recycling efforts. All the ways we work together to improve our community are having a very positive impact, and I am sure there is no better hometown in Texas for us to live and work. There are other ways that each of you can help and make a contribution, and I hope as we continue to move forward into the coming spring that everyone in our community will find some new ways to join in improving Mason. If you have ideas or suggestions just let us know and we will see how we can work together; next week I will share another new opportunity that a concerned citizen has come up with that I think will be a great way for some of us to "give back" and make Mason a better place for all of us.

Your friend and neighbor, Brent Hinckley

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