The City of Dallas’ recycling pilot program ended its successful run in December. The program boasted a one-in-three participation rate and far surpassed projections for tonnage recycled.

The long-awaited Citywide program makes its debut in late January. Information regarding subscribing to the recycling service will be included in an upcoming Water Utilities bill. At press time, the estimated cost per household to participate in the program is $25, or about $2 monthly.

Although some people believe curbside recycling pickup should be both Citywide and free to participants, City recycling coordinator Carlos Rovelo says free Citywide recycling pickup would cost taxpayers about $4.8 million.

Hence, the subscription program.

After all the hoopla about the City budget last year and the proposed library cuts, let’s just kick in our couple of dollars per month and get this program rolling. If we don’t pay now, our children will pay later.

With most services, the fees are volume-based: The more you use, the more you pay. The subscription program guarantees you more for your money: No matter how much recyclable material you leave at the curb, your cost remains the same.

And if  you’re concerned about the recyclables end up, rest assured there is a market for items collected. Recycling is not collection driven, it’s market driven.

Block captains are needed to help promote the subscription program. If you are interested, call Levarn Manning with the City’s “Dallas Recycles” program at 670-4475.

“The reason to sign up for this service is for the future of our children and our City because it will affect the quality of life that Dallasites want to display,” Rovelo says.

O, Christmas Tree: Don’t forget to take your Christmas tree to designated mulching sites. The sites closest to East Dallas and Lakewood are Flagpole Hill (Buckner and Northwest Highway at the top of the hill) and Fair Park (the Garden Center parking lot).

The sites will accept trees through Jan. 5.

Clean Dallas East Tree Planting

Where: Lakewood Library and East Dallas YMCA

When: December 7

What Happened: Clean East Dallas, a neighborhood group that promotes beautification, and the Dallas Parks Foundation sponsored a tree-planting program featuring students from Lipscomb Elementary School. Two trees were planed at Lakewood Library, where winning posters from a “We Love Trees” poster contest are displayed. More than 100 trees were distributed for planting by the groups.

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