Plants can’t run, but they surely can spread! If you haven’t already heard, The Invasives Task Force is hot on their trail here in The Woodlands.
In 2019, more than 40 volunteers attended trainings to learn about the problems with invasive species, particularly those impacting our Township pathways and green spaces. That group of hard workers has already put in over a thousand hours this year removing air potato vines, elephant ears, nandina, Japanese honeysuckle, and many more invasive species.
Perhaps you’ve seen the volunteers or noticed their sign when working. Have you wondered if their efforts really matter? The answer is a resounding YES! Removing these invasives, which steal nutrients from native plants and trees, supports the health of the forest and the critters that depend on it. Our community founders were passionate about preserving trees and fought to save the vegetation native to The Woodlands. Now it’s up to us to continue the fight!
If interested in this ongoing project, join the next training class on February 20, 2021. It’s free but registration is required. Find more information and a registration link HERE.
Are you excited to get involved right now? Great! We can pair you with trained volunteers who can help you learn on the job. Contact Teri MacArthur at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how. Note: We still recommend you attend the February 20 training to further your knowledge and effectiveness.
As the year draws to an end, we reflect on many things, from the pandemic, to the election, to working from home. 2020 will be a year we won’t easily forget. It will also be remembered as a year when people reconnected with nature, spending more time outdoors. Or a year when we found more creative ways to volunteer and give back: sewing masks, virtual fundraisers for great causes, or even sharing a roll of toilet paper with the neighbors. 2020 hasn’t been the easiest year, but there was a lot of hope and positive messages being shared. Remember all those painted rocks on the pathways?
We want to share some of this year’s highlights from our department. Below are the top 5 most read articles published on The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department Blog in 2020. Maybe you missed this content the first time around or it’s been months and you would like a refresher. Either way, these top-rated reads are worth a review.
1. Heat Loving Perennials
Many people took advantage of being home this year to work on their gardens. Maybe you started a vegetable garden, a pollinator garden or just enjoyed getting your hands dirty and being outside. But for anyone who has experienced a Houston summer, you know that the heat can be brutal, especially for your more delicate plants. Instead of watching your plants wilt or running up the water bill, select native plants that thrive in harsh conditions.
2. Venomous Snakes
Texas is home to over 105 different species of snakes. That may send shivers down your spine, but it doesn’t have to: snakes are one of nature’s most misunderstood creatures, posing little danger and playing a vital ecological role including control of pests. Only 3 venomous species reside in our area. If you’re concerned about interactions, take a moment to review our May Creature Feature.
3. A Guide to Community Service While Social Distancing
Many community events were reformatted in 2020, including The Township’s annual Earth Day GreenUp. With the traditional event no longer an option, many residents reached out asking how to participate in volunteer efforts throughout the community while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Luckily, any day is a good day to pick up litter. If your family wants to help keep our community clean while enjoying the outdoors, this guide is worth a read.
4. Recycling Dilemma #1005: Take-Out Containers
Restaurants were hit hard in 2020 and many of our favorite places were quick to adjust. From curbside pick up to new delivery options, take-out has become one of the safest ways to satisfy our cravings. But, many are left wondering what to do with all the packaging. We’re here to help, with a simple-to-follow guide for all you take-out connoisseurs.
5. Recycling Dilemma #1006 – Online Shopping
Staying home means more shopping online. Avoiding crowds while getting a great deal is just a click away. In 2020 more of us than ever turned to online retailers for everything from paper towels to TVs, and with it came an abundance of packaging in all shapes and sizes: cardboard, packing peanuts, air pillows, Styrofoam and more. We help you solve this recycling dilemma in this quick read.
That’s it! Our top 5 most viewed articles for 2020. Check back weekly for new articles and hot topics in 2021.
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Woodlands residents saved over 17,000lbs of waste from the landfill at the 3R Drive-thru event.
The Woodlands Township hosted the 3R Drive-thru on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Woodlands High School. 750 vehicles drove through the event for free recycling of select items and secure document shredding.
With the help of local partner organizations, more than 17,000 pounds of material was collected for recycling including 9,547 pounds of shredded paper by Shred It, 5,114 pounds of batteries by U-Waste Recycling Solutions, 2,692 pounds of textiles by Simple Recycling, 1,800 pairs of eyeglasses by The Woodlands Lions Club, 100 pounds of oral care products and two pounds of disposable razors by Junior Girl Scout Troop #108094, 10 pounds of snack and drink pouches by Hailey Elementary PTA and Wilkerson Intermediate PTO, and 1,200 cubic feet of block Styrofoam.
Congratulations Grogan’s Mill Village for first place!
The 2020 Recycling Village Challenge item was batteries. The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. awards money to each village scholarship program based on pounds of batteries collected per capita (pounds of batteries collected per household in each village).
Between annual 3R events, residents are encouraged to recycle rechargeable batteries at the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Recycling Facility (Montgomery County residents only), Batteries Plus Bulbs, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s or a Walmart Super Center. Single-use alkaline batteries can be recycled at Batteries Plus Bulbs or the Precinct 3 Recycling Facility. For more opportunities to recycle items not accepted in curbside recycling carts please check out the Recycle More Guide.
In observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, there will be no solid waste collection services on Friday, December 25, 2020, or Friday, January 1, 2021. All services are affected: trash, recycling, yard trimmings and bulk pickup. Refer to the chart below for your day of scheduled service.
To report a missed pickup or schedule bulky trash pickup, please contact Waste Management Customer Service at 800-800-5804 or email@example.com.
The Woodlands Recycling Center (5402 Research Forest Dr) will remain open.
Every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recycle Holiday Boxes and Wrappings
If your recycling cart is full, take advantage of special holiday recycling. On the first service day following December 25, 2020 additional cardboard boxes, gift boxes and plain recyclable wrapping paper will be picked up for recycling.
Break down smaller gift and mailing boxes to consolidate into one box.
Put extra paper wrappings in a small box.
Place additional boxes at the curb next to the recycling cart.
The holiday recycling truck is only for additional recyclables.
DO NOT bag your recyclables. Leave them loose in the box or cart.
NO plastic bags.
NO bubble wrap.
NO ribbon, decorations or Christmas lights.
Failure to follow guidelines will result in items being left at the curb.
Cut Christmas Tree Recycling – Unflocked Trees Only
Remove tree stand, all decorations and lights.
Place the tree at the curb on your regular service day for collection by the yard trimmings truck.
Flocked Christmas Tree Disposal
Schedule for bulk pickup by calling Waste Management Customer Service at 800-800-5804.
Call at least two working days before your regular service day.
Flocked Christmas trees must be landfilled.
Extra Trash Bags
Extra bags of trash can be placed on the curb next to your cart.
Each bag must be affixed with a pink extra service tag.
Purchase tags for $1.75 each from The Woodlands Township offices, Kroger (Cochran’s Crossing, Alden Bridge and Sterling Ridge)
Each bag may weigh no more than 40 pounds.
Quick Tips for a Greener Holiday
Seasons greetings cards and packages fill our homes and warm our hearts during the holidays. Consider these tips for a greener Christmas and reduce the amount of holiday tidings that end up in the landfill.
Recycle plain wrapping paper and flattened cardboard boxes in your curbside cart. Check out these Recycling Tips for the Online Shopper for help deciphering which items can be recycled and which cannot.
Give a second life to your clean, gently-used clothing, housewares, toys, furniture and appliances by donating to local charitable organizations. Items should be in good, usable condition. Check out The Woodlands Donation Guide for a list of local organizations accepting donations. Many organizations will pick up your items. If you have an item that is not specified in the guide, call first to assure it is accepted.
Find new recycling opportunities for items that cannot be recycled in your curbside cart. Items such as used electronics, batteries, Styrofoam, light bulbs, eyeglasses, mattresses and more can all be recycled locally at participating locations. Check out the Recycle More Guide for a complete list of locations and phone numbers.
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It’s never too late to save water and get your lawn healthy! And those are only two of the benefits of participating in the annual Water Wise Village Challenge.
Each year The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department challenges residents to stop watering their lawn from mid-October through mid-April. Our St. Augustine yards need to go dormant this time of year in order to develop their root systems; it helps them fight off disease and pests the rest of the year. Irrigating during the cool months prevents this.
Saving water is a big win. Additionally, when residents pledge, their village gets a point in the competition for scholarship funds. Regardless of which villages win, you can’t lose. Take the pledge, save money, save water and have a healthier lawn. There is no downside for this challenge when you promise not to water turfgrass. How about pledging right now before you forget? You can make your pledge online in just about two minutes HERE. Watch for the results to be announced in May.