Supporting Kingwood and the greater Lake Houston Area
E-Waste Collection on October 1st

This Saturday at the Metro Park & Ride Lot

Don’t forget to gather all those outdated or broken electronics you have laying around and bring them to the collection on October 1st from 9 AM to 3 PM.  This event is always held the first Saturday of every month at the Kingwood Metro lot.  Kingwood area residents have been recycling an average of 17,000 pounds a month at this event.  That is two of those big trucks full every month.  You can go to the CompuCycle website to see what they will take.
If you have small or large appliances that are not on the list of acceptable items, you can bring them to the B.O.P.A. on October 29th from 9 AM to 1 PM where Junky Business will take those items.

National Drug Take-Back scheduled for October 22nd

On October 22nd at 10 AM to 2 PM - at locations around Houston, but Kingwood is not confirmed yet.

The DEA in cooperation with the Houston Police is offering another safe prescription drugs disposal opportunity on Saturday, October 22nd. Keep Kingwood Green was not able to confirm that we will have a collection event here in Kingwood, but we'll send out a News Alert, as soon as we know for sure.
According to the DEA's website - Americans turned in more unused prescription drugs at the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day than on any of the previous 10 events since it began in 2010, demonstrating their understanding of the value of this service.

On April 30th 2016 the DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines—about 447 tons—at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds.  The top five states with the largest collections, in order, were Texas (almost 40 tons); California (32 tons); Wisconsin (31 tons); Illinois (24 tons); and Massachusetts (24 tons).


Fall B.O.P.A. coming October 29th
The B.O.P.A (Batteries, Oil, Paint and Antifreeze), Major Appliance, Scrap Metal collection event is coming to Kingwood on Saturday October 29th, from 9 AM to 1 PM
Note that the City Solid Waste crew stops taking items at 1 PM.  Please get there before 1 PM!  In addition Junky Business will be there to collect appliances, (large and small), scrap metal, and lead/acid batteries.  You can contact Pete if you have questions as to what he will take.
His phone number is on this website
Look for the Keep Kingwood Green tent at the front entrance to the parking lot.  We would love to have your old cell or smart phone if you wish to donate it to us.  Drop it off at our tent.  No need to go through the line if that is all you are bringing.  No other electronics will be accepted that day.  Electronic collections are always the first Saturday of every month at the same location. 

If you can’t make it to the B.O.P.A. but have items to drop off, there are alternatives.  Go to our
website and check out these alternatives under the B.O.P.A. section. We always have residents who do not realize that this event is only for the items listed above.  If you have oil based paint or other hazardous substances you will have to take it to one of the ESC’s.  Click on our website to get that information. 
Since the B.O.P.A. is sponsored by the City of Houston and Councilman Dave Martin, only City of Houston residents are eligible to drop off at this event.  If you live in Harris County outside of the City or an adjacent county you must take your items to the county facility.  Again, information is available on our
website.  The only exception is that Junky Business will take lead acid batteries, scrap metal and appliances from anyone.  He does ask that any appliances be cleaned out with no food residues inside. 
Last year at the two B.O.P.A.’s in Kingwood you recycled over 27 tons of materials.  Start now to collect your items to bring on the 29th!  We look forward to seeing you. 

Bring your used Alkaline Batteries to B.O.P.A.
Keep Kingwood Green will collect alkaline batteries on October 29th at the upcoming B.O.P.A..

Each year many residents bring single use alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V) for recycling and are told by the City to throw them away in the trash.  This is a shame as these alkaline batteries do have materials that could be recovered if there were a facility nearby that recycles them.  Currently only the State of California requires that they be recycled.  

KKG looked for the best battery recycling deal and have found a
company in California where we can ship these batteries for responsible recycling and recovery of zinc and manganese dioxide and steel.   Bring your single use batteries and drop them off at our tent at the entrance to the Park and Ride at B.O.P.A.  Since it will cost us about 30 cents per battery to recycle them, we welcome any financial contributions to help defray these costs. 

Although mercury has been reduced or eliminated from alkaline batteries there are still components in these single use batteries that make them very undesirable in entering the waste stream. All batteries have heavy metals and electrolytes that can contaminate the groundwater. Duracell claim on its website that it is safe to toss these batteries in the trash. But only in the US.

In Europe, where battery recycling is financed by the manufacturers like Duracell, their advice is to keep hazardous waste out of the landfills and recycle their products!

It is estimated that each US citizen uses 15 pounds of batteries each year.  Imagine the materials that could be recovered.  This says nothing about the potentially bad things that are being buried in the landfill.

At the B.O.P.A., Junky Business will take your lead/acid batteries. These are the kinds normally found in cars, trucks, boats, and lawn equipment.  They do have scrap value and about 95% of them are recycled. 
Rechargeable batteries (Lithium Ion, NiMH, NiCd) are always recyclable and should be taken to the E-Waste pick up the first Saturday of every month or local retailers like Best Buy.

Back Yard Composting Class October 12th

As part of the Life Long Learning program at Lone Star College, Kingwood, Atascocita campus, Keep Kingwood Green will be holding a 90 minute Home Composting Course on October 12 at 1:30 PM.   You will learn the simple steps for turning your garbage into black gold (compost).  This is the ultimate in recycling!  As much as 40% of the trash picked up in the Lake Houston area is “green” waste.  These are items that will decompose into valuable soil nutrients.  This is not rocket science, but you do need to follow a “recipe”  if you want good compost.  Course will be taught by a Texas Certified Master Composter. Contact KKG for more information.
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Get rid of your old TV and electronics every first Saturday of the month
Only TVs up to 27 inches large are accepted
Never put your unused or expired medication in the trash
Dispose of your meds responsibly
Collect your unused drugs
Fall B.O.P.A. is coming October 29th
Look for friendly KKG volunteers at B.O.P.A.
Please consider donating your old cell and smart phones to us
Stop by our tent and say hello
Pete from Junky Business takes your apliances
Battery manufacturers should help pay for recycling their products
KKG will collect alkaline batteries at B.O.P.A.
Recycle your single use alkaline batteries with us
No batteries should end up in our landfills
Think of our environment, do not litter
Children love composting
Learn how to compost in your back yard
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