Out with the Old
by Susan Neuhalfen
With Earth Day looming in April, it is gentle reminder to us of two things: it’s time to spring clean and it’s important to recycle those items that are no longer needed.
The easiest way to get rid of items (and make money) is to participate in the Lantana Garage Sale on Saturday, April 8 from 8am until 3pm. The HOA advertises so you don’t have to. You should register your garage sale by April 6 in order to get on the list that is available to people who come to shop. Call the HOA to register at 940.728.1660.
Residents are welcome to drop off their garage sale “leftovers” at Rayzor Elementary School from 11am until 4pm that same day (April 8). Manned trucks with uniformed representatives will unload your vehicle and issue you a tax receipt. Donations will benefit Leukemia Texas.
That’s all fine and well for those items, but the more rare items, such as electronics and other hazardous household waste, require special disposal.
For Lantana residents, Republic Services will pick up many of these items, however, residents will need to call and arrange for the pickup in advance. It’s not something that is included in their recycle bins. The recycle bins are for paper, plastic and glass items, all of which should be cleaned beforehand.
There is also an opportunity on March 25 for everyone in Lantana, Argyle, Bartonville and surrounding areas to participate in Community Shred and Recycling Day at the Bartonville Town Center from 10am until noon. They will be shredding old documents, crushing old computers and electronics and recycling all sizes of old batteries.
Earth Day is also a big event here in Lantana. Everything will take place on Saturday, April 22 at the North Amenity Center in Lantana. Republic Services will bring out two rolling dumpsters for any extra trash residents have. There will be document shredding and electronic recycling. The sheriff’s office will also be there collecting old prescription medicines.
When it comes to household hazardous waste, they will be collecting items, however, residents who want to bring them in for recycling will need to get a voucher from the Denton County Public Works Building and bring it with them.
“For those who have leftovers from the garage sale, this is a great way to get the whole garage cleaned out,” said Kevin Mercer, General Manager of Lantana Fresh Water Supply District. “Earth Day is always a big event here.”
Mercer said there will be lots of companies on the premise including landscapers, CoServ, and even the Boy Scouts. The HOA will be selling shirts and Lantana Golf Club will have complimentary snacks.
Now is the best time to start cleaning out. With all of these programs available in March and April, the communities have made it easier than ever to properly sell, recycle or dispose of whatever it is that is no longer needed around the house. De-junk, declutter and simplify your spring by starting today.
Not able to make these events?
These area recyclers are open throughout the year:
Drop off M-S 8:00am-4:30pm, They charge to crush the hard drive but most people pull their own hard drives. They also charge $1/pound for alkaline batteries and tapes. They don’t take the thick computer monitors (CRT) or old TVs (because of lead). They do take electronics, wires and more.
Recycle 2 Support
They always need usable clothing, small appliances, kitchenware, toys, books, bedding and household items. They will also take unusable textiles such as old clothing. The donations raise money for local charities in the area.
Amazon Trade-In Program
Not the biggest return on your investment, but if you ship your old electronics to Amazon you will receive Amazon gift cars in return. Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop have similar programs.
Junk King of North Texas
They’ll haul off the big stuff, furniture, yard waste, appliances, trash. Text them a photo for an estimate. They recycle up to 60% of what they collect.
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