Think Green... Be Green News

In the News... An article by Irving's very own Karen Siddall, Drainage Programs Coordinator is featured on the cover as a Regional Voice in the February issue of Insight by North Central Texas Council of Governments. Click here to see more.

Irving Bicycle Fest Irving Bicycle Fest 2013 - View Flier
Irving Bicycle Fest is a combination convergence rally & bicycle fest, organized by volunteers and supported by the City of Irving. The purpose is to promote cycling in Irving and to kick off Bike-to-Work Week (May 13-17) and Ozone Awareness (month of May).  Activities will include kids’ bicycle safety information, on the spot limited bike repairs, safe route finder, information about bicycle safety gear and more. Read more 
Take Back Initiative National Take Back Initiative
A national take-back day is scheduled on April 28 to provide a unified opportunity for the public to bring expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. Read more
2012 Eco Calendar

Free 2013 Eco-Calendar
Irving's 2013 eco-calendar is now available. The pocket-sized calendar features a listing of environmental classes, activities and events, as well as eco-tips. Residents may pick up a calendar at any Irving Public Library or at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. For more information, call (972) 721-2355. Click here to preview.

CFL

The Home Depot CFL Bulb Recycling Initiative
Customers can simply bring in any expired, unbroken CFL bulbs, and give them to the store associate behind the returns desk. The bulbs will then be managed responsibly by an environmental management company who will coordinate CFL packaging, transportation and recycling to maximize safety and ensure environmental compliance. Read more

Solid Waste

Certain Materials Need to be Safely Discarded
Solid Waste Services provides waste collection for some of the most dangerous items in the household waste stream. Read more

July7

7.7.7.7: It's up to each of us to take responsibility for the air we breathe.
Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 7, North Texans will join together in committing to each do at least one thing that will enable us to breathe cleaner air. www.airnorthtexas.org Committing to ride a bicycle or transit to work, pack a lunch, check vehicle maintenance or one of more than 10 other clean air choices, people are figuring out what fits into their schedules that helps reduce ozone-forming pollution in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Click here for more information on air quality.

green seam Irving's Green Seam Project
In 2009, the city’s Environmental Stewardship Office went in search of an alternative to plastic “special event” bags usually distributed during special city held events. When researching an alternative style of bag for special event bags made from plastic, staff discovered an opportunity to produce bags using local skilled seamstresses and a ready supply of fabric generally destined for the landfill. Read more
Christmas tree Christmas Tree Roundup
Residents will have an opportunity to properly dispose of their fresh-cut Christmas trees for recycling during Irving’s annual Christmas Tree Roundup. Bare Christmas trees will be collected as part of the city’s weekly brush/bulky waste pickup through Jan. 7. Residents also may take Christmas trees to drop-off locations through Jan. 9. Read more
 school bus 8 Ways to Green Back to School
Back to school is the perfect time not only for digging out that alarm clock, but also for adopting some greener habits you and your whole family can practice all year long. Earth 911 provides eight tips worthy of a gold—or green—star. Read more

 blue bag

Curbside Recycling
Residents receiving solid waste services can participate by recycling paper, cardboard, cans, glass bottles and jars, and plastic containers. Irving utilizes the blue recycling bag as the designated collection container for recycling. Recycle only on designated recycling days. Single-family homeowners may purchase the bags at Irving City Hall or at any Irving recreation center. For a complete listing of locations, click here.

 cooking oil

Recycle Used Cooking Oil
The proper disposal of fryer oil is essential. Once the oil is cool, carefully pour or scrape the oil into a container no larger than 5 gallons and apply a tight-fitting, screw-top lid. Call (972) 721-2232 for pick up. Free plastic funnels are available to residents to pour oil back into containers. There is a limit of one per household. Call (972) 721-2772. Read more

burn wise

Burn Wise for Safer, Healthier Winter
As smoke begins wafting from chimneys in cooler parts of the country, homeowners are starting the first fires of the home-heating season. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants homeowners to learn before they burn this winter. Read more

Trinity Trash Bash

18th Annual Trinity Trash Bash a Rainy Success
Despite a weather forecast of “100% chance of rain,” over 400 volunteers arrived at Irving City Hall early Saturday morning to conduct the 18th annual Trinity Trash Bash. For the second year in a row, rain forced volunteer registration and exhibitors to seek the shelter of the city parking garage, but the teams of cleanup crews braved the elements and set out to collect litter from historic downtown and surrounding areas. Read more

State Fair

All Aboard DART's New Green Line to the State Fair
Being green just got easier. Did you know that DART trains have the same emissions as a golf cart, which is next to nothing and use 23.7% less energy per passenger mile than a typical car? Beginning Friday, Sept. 25, its all aboard DART's new Green Line to the State Fair of Texas. Read more

Conference

Irving Wins Big at KTB Conference
Several Irving organizations and city departments were honored at the Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) awards held in Houston. “At the KTB Conference in June, several of our partners were recognized by Keep Texas Beautiful for their efforts in furthering the mission of KTB and KIB”, said Randy Boatright, President of Keep Irving Beautiful. Read more

twitter

Stay Connected with Irving on Twitter
Follow the City of Irving on Twitter and receive instant updates on city happenings. Visit www.twitter.com/thecityofirving to see the latest news, events, updates and tips. Users can have text messages sent to their cell phones so they can receive the latest anytime, anywhere. Need a Twitter account? Sign up at www.twitter.com

west library

New West Irving Library to Provide More Services to Residents
Expanded library services will be available to residents in west and central Irving as plans for a new standalone facility begin to take shape. The West Irving Library will replace the city’s Northwest and Southwest library storefronts. Construction on the 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art library is set to begin this December. Read more

phone books

Telephone Directories: Recycle and “Opt Out”
Did you know over 500 million telephone directories are printed every year? That is nearly two books for every person in the country. Irving accepts telephone directories for recycling through curbside collection and at the drop-off recycling centers. Consumers can take a stand and opt out to reduce the impact on the environment. Read more

TV

Television Recycling Opportunities
Due to the June 12 digital television transition, following are opportunities for residents to recycle televisions. Read more

ozone

Residents Reminded to Help Reduce Ozone Pollution
Ozone season in the Dallas/Fort Worth area runs through October. What is ozone and what can be done to reduce ozone pollution? Ozone is a gas that occurs in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and at ground level. It can be good or bad, depending on where it is found. Read more

bike lanes

Bike Lane Pilot Program
The city’s first shared motor vehicle/bicycle lanes (sharrows) are open on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Sixth Street between MacArthur Boulevard and Hastings Street. This test installation will be monitored for safety and to determine acceptance by both motorists and bicyclists. Read more

money

Shoppers can Save Energy, Save Water, and Save Money on Memorial Day Weekend
At a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on May 19, State Senator Rodney Ellis, State Representative Lon Burnam, the Texas Retailers Association, and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club reminded prospective appliance shoppers to take advantage this Memorial Day weekend of the sales tax holiday on energy efficient appliances. Read more

green houses

"Green" Houses Video
If you want to save money you may want to consider buying an environmentally friendly house or you may want to make upgrades to your existing home. City source's Starlene Stringer explains. Green Videos

irrigation

New Irrigation Standards
New irrigation standards have been adopted that focus on water conservation. The regulations, which are based on state requirements include standards for new systems, sensors and violations. Read more

Think green be green video

“Think Green…Be Green” Video
This video offers every day tips on how you can be kinder to the planet. This episode features lessons on “green” yard maintenance, adding a rain/freeze sensor to your sprinkler system and composting advice from local experts. Green Videos

KIB green events

Keep Irving Beautiful Offers Green Event Program
To reduce litter at special events, Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) assists organizations with recycling and trash disposal through its Green Event Program. KIB works with event coordinators to determine the number of trash and recycle containers, and volunteers needed to help monitor the event. Read more

dropoff

Drop-Off Recycling Center Relocation
One of Irving's drop-off recycling centers has been relocated to the westside of the parking lot, located at 3000 Rock Island Road. Irving has three full-service recycling center locations. Read more

Computer

Irving First Texas City to Launch Computer Reuse Program
The City of Irving is the first municipality in Texas and the second in the U.S. to implement a computer reuse program in which city-owned computer equipment is donated free of charge to low- and moderate- income families and nonprofit organizations. Read more

car

City Fleet Goes Green, Receives Award
With a fleet of 1,200 vehicles, the City of Irving continues to look at ways to conserve fuel through a variety of green efforts. Here are a few examples of what the city is doing and the recognition received. Read more