Rain Doesn’t Dampen Deluge of Recyclers

Rain Doesn’t Dampen Deluge of Recyclers

Bailey Ragsdale, City of Murphy Executive Administrative Assistant and President of Keep Murphy Beautiful, was happy to report that despite the deluge of rain and ongoing wind gusting across the City of Murphy City Hall parking lot on Oct. 13, their numerical totals were only dampened and in fact, some numbers rose in comparison to the totals from the Spring Clean and Green event. 

Ragsdale said they took in almost two times the amount of clothing and household items at this event. In the spring, they collected 2,339 pounds and on Oct. 13, 4,217 pounds were brought in. Comparing electronic recycling amounts, in the spring, 18,971 pounds were collected and during this fall event, 12,535 pounds were brought in. Ragsdale said, “Saturday was our best event to date for pet supplies collection, that’s something new we have started in the last few years.” 

 Bryce Gullatt, City of Murphy staff and Green Team member, works against wind and rain with a student volunteer from the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club to move an unwieldy cart of cardboard to be recycled.

Bryce Gullatt, City of Murphy staff and Green Team member, works against wind and rain with a student volunteer from the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club to move an unwieldy cart of cardboard to be recycled.

The convenience these Clean and Green events offers was definitely highlighted as residents provided a steady stream of recyclables from the comfort of their dry, warm cars. These items gathered by City of Murphy staff and volunteers who braved the elements to keep Murphy beautiful. Temporary shutdowns did occur during the event due to lightning in the area. 

Regarding why this event is important, Ragsdale said, “The City of Murphy staff, which includes the Keep Murphy Beautiful “Green Team”, take immense pride in our city and residents. There is a cognizant effort to provide services to our community that makes our residents’ lives better, and keep our community beautiful and thriving. This event allows us to interact with residents and achieve those goals.”

 (Front row, from left) Volunteers from the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club work with City of Murphy staff (from left) Michael Featherston and Francisco Rico during the inclement weather.

(Front row, from left) Volunteers from the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club work with City of Murphy staff (from left) Michael Featherston and Francisco Rico during the inclement weather.

She explains how these events benefit the community, “This event gives residents an opportunity to bring HHW (Household Hazardous Waste) items in for proper disposal, it’s one of our most popular sections in this event next to electronic recycling. Instead of those chemicals, paints and other hazardous materials getting tossed in the trash, potentially causing dangers on the way to or at the landfill, it’s disposed of safely. This bi-annual event also provides a great way to “purge” usable but unwanted items from our closets, kitchens and garages during spring cleaning or before the holidays. It’s important we all do our part to keep Texas beautiful, and I believe this is an excellent way for Murphy to help with that goal.”

 Murphy resident and volunteer with the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club, Mike Hendrix, happily helped anywhere he was needed.

Murphy resident and volunteer with the Murphy Middle School Environmental Club, Mike Hendrix, happily helped anywhere he was needed.

To the approximately 15 staff members and over 20 volunteers who showed true grit during this bone-chillingly wet event, Ragsdale said, “I cannot thank the wonderful volunteers and staff that made this event happen. It was certainly less than desirable weather, but that did not stop their enthusiasm and smiles. We have an incredible team of individuals who support this and other events; I count myself very lucky to be part of it.”

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