Waste Management cleaning up their mess; Dallas trying to help people do the same

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NORTH TEXAS -- It's a story only a grouch could love. Oscar the Grouch, to be specific.

A trusted source of waste disposal was forced to admit that its message was, at least to an extent, garbage.

"It`s frustrating," said Flower Mound resident Ed Flaherty. "It`s baffling and frustrating at the same time because you take the time and effort to separate these things.'

So why the trash talk?

Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, just announced 19% of the trash that was supposed to be recycled in 14 North Texas communities went straight to the landfill.

It wasn't just a bad weekend either. This went on for two years.

'The community's not happy," said Lewisville Community Relations Manager James Kunke. "We`ve received contact from several members of the public who have been actively recycling but now feel that their efforts were a bit wasted.'

So who's on the dirty list of 14? Here they are:

  • Lewisville
  • Carrollton
  • Flower Mound
  • Highland Village
  • Castle Hills
  • Lake Dallas
  • Hickory Creek
  • Paloma Creek
  • Providence Village
  • Double Oak
  • Frisco Ranch
  • Savannah/Artesia
  • Lantana
  • Shady Shores

Even with this disappointing news, the goal of recycling isn't garbage in a city like Lewisville where you sometimes see more recycling bins than people.

"We`d really hate for the public to lose faith in a good program because of this one situation," Kunke said.

Flaherty added, "I'm still going to try to do the right thing. I know my wife is, and she'll make sure I do."

The rubbish remedies extend way beyond Waste Management too.

Do you live in Dallas and sometimes forget to take out your trash?

There's an app for that!

The City of Dallas went digital, reminding you when to put your trash out, using the phone.

Like any good app, it comes with a game that teaches you what to recycle and what to junk.

Call it a time-waster for waste.

For more information on the Dallas trash app, CLICK HERE.

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