Winter 2017
Commercial Recycling Team
Chris Day
Commercial Recycling Supervisor
Rita Keys
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Commercial Recycling Coordinators

Andrea Allston

Vicki Darbonne

Kim Flynn
Michelle Long

Businesses Support First Fall Waterway Cleanup

Plano's first Fall Waterways Cleanup event brought out close to 400 volunteers on Nov. 4. Citywide, 369 bags of litter and debris, totaling 3.69 tons, were picked up from Plano's waterways. Volunteers ranged from business employees to scout troops, to students, to families. Pictured is a team from CAMBRIA hotel and suites  (top) and a group from Texas Health /PLANO. Prizes were awarded to those who trudged through mud and creeks and whose efforts were dubbed the best oddities, best before-and-after photos and other accolades. Prizes of gift cards and certificates were donated by Archgate Montessori Academy, CAMBRIA hotel and suites, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Habitat ReStore, Hirsch's Specialty Meats and Raising Cane's (The DeLorean).

Join us for the next waterway cleanup on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. along the Chisholm Trail. Cleanup supplies provided include a limited number of chest waders. Volunteer service hours may be earned. For additional information, go to

Businesses Partner to Honor Veterans 
Green Business Certified (GBC) members  Harley Davidson Financial Services (HDFS) and DRIVE Auto Appearance Center (DAAC) partnered on Nov. 13 to provide HDFS employee veterans a special perk of having their cars or motorcycles hand washed. Eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning solutions were provided by DAAC, as well as a team member who pitched in with the HDFS green team volunteers to wash and polish vehicles. Qualified employees simply signed up for a time slot. They were delighted at the sight of their ride polished to a shine in honor of Veterans Day.

Meet the GBCs Adding to Texas Recycles Day
Eight Green Business Certified members participated in Texas Recycles Day by collecting usable items at their businesses. Participants promoted the collection opportunity to employees, patrons, vendors and visitors. Collections included pet supplies, eyeglasses, books and winter coats, which found new life at a variety of community and nonprofit organizations. Electronics were also collected for recycling. Commercial Recycling team members dropped off the collection boxes and then delivered the donations to the City's official Texas Recycles Day collection event at Chase Oaks Church on Nov. 11. As an appreciation for their involvement, Commercial Recycling recognized them in an ad in the Nov. 19 edition of the Plano Star Courier.

Look Who Renewed in 2017
W&M Environmental Group's Director of Marketing Lance French (center) celebrates his renewal with the entire Commercial Recycling team.

When businesses become Green Business Certified (GBC) with the City of Plano, the certification lasts two years. To renew, they must demonstrate continued adherence to their green initiatives. Sixteen businesses renewed their certification in 2017. Congratulations to these companies for renewing their commitment to the environment: Ke Kino Massage Academy, DRIVE Auto Appearance Center, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, Bavarian Grill, CAMBRIA hotel & suites, W&M Environmental Group, VIVO Realty, Corner Wines, B&B Furniture Consignment, Ebby Halliday Realtors, My Possibilities and Whole Foods Market. Second time renewals and beginning their fifth year of certification are Whiskey Cake, Snappy Salads, Collin County Association of Realtors and Hirsch's Specialty Meats.

Certified businesses benefit from networking with like-minded businesses, gaining a valuable resource of best-practices as well as demonstrating to their employees and patrons an ongoing commitment to sustainability. Additionally, they are listed on the City's website and included in advertising and promotions in local publications. For information on becoming Green Business Certified go to  

Don't Toss Your Live Tree or Greenery - Recycle It!
Plano residents have the opportunity to drop off live Christmas trees and greenery for recycling. Drop off dates are Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018. 

Visit one of these designated Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Sites:
  • Jack Carter Park, 2601 Pleasant Valley
  • Old Shepard Place Park, 1301 Winding Hollow Lane 
  • Russell Creek Park, 3500 McDermott Road
  • Schell Park, 2100 Laurel Lane
Please remember to remove all decorations - lights, tree stand, ornaments and tinsel from the tree and greenery prior to dropping it off. Find other holiday recycling opportunities here.

For fire safety reasons, keep your tree well-watered until the day you dispose them. Questions? Call City of Plano Environmental Waste Services at 972-769-4150.

Happy holidays and here's
to a very healthy and green 2018 
from your friends
in Commercial Recycling!