HARKER HEIGHTS — Progressive in its planning for future growth and development, Heights is behind the curve when it comes to recycling.
While surrounding cities like Temple, Belton, Killeen, Fort Hood and Copperas Cove all have viable curbside recycling programs, Heights’ program is still in its infancy.
Instead of a curbside pickup or a single-stream system, Heights instead offers its residents a drop-off recycling center. “It’s something the city is looking into,” said City Manager David Mitchell. “We will be taking a look at it and will be reaching out to our residents in survey form to find out what they want.”
Mitchell said city staff will be looking at the total package of services its currently offering residents and will assess the cost of adopting a single stream approach.
Mark Hyde, public works director, said a city committee studied a program about six months ago and asked Centex Waste Management, the company that handles the city’s garbage collection, for input on the cost.
“At the time, we felt we were giving up too much solid waste service at a higher monthly cost in exchange for the curbside recycling,” Hyde said.
The Harker Heights drop site and recycling center collected 133.8 tons of materials over a six-month period, according to a report from Fort Hood.
Residents have trash pickup twice a week and pay $16.33 per month for the service. The cost for the added once-per-week curbside recycling would be an additional $2.18 per home, each month. The city’s recycling collection point is at 1761 Knight’s Way and is provided to residents through a partnership between Fort Hood and the city. It costs nothing for Heights residents to use it.
Nolanville City Manager Stephen Pearl said he has received inquiries from residents about recycling options.
“Recycling is good for the earth and it’s definitely something we will look into in the future,” he said.