Category Archives: Environment

Arlington Tree Advisory Committee Accepting Applications

The City of Arlington is seeking  additional members for the Arlington Tree Advisory Committee. The committee shall serve in an advisory capacity, support city initiatives, assist in the coordination of programs and events, recruit citizen support, seek funding through grants sponsorships and donations, educate the public and review the tree ordinance to assist with its evolution. Meetings will be scheduled as deemed necessary by the chairperson. The committee may expand if deemed necessary by the Parks and Recreation Board. Committee Functions: Appointees to ATAC should have a deep concern for the quality of life in our community and understand the Read more…

I Love Arlington Pic of the Week

Congratulations to Sally Mander for the I Love Arlington Pic of the Week! What a great image to share on Earth Day 2014! Sally took this photo at River Legacy Living Science Center during their Earth Day festivities on April 12. The center features interactive exhibits, aquariums, terrariums, environmental education programs, a gift shop and nature trails. Share your great Arlington pics in the I Love Arlington Pic of the Week!

Touring Arlington’s Landfill

For about 50 years a vast land has rested on the outskirts of Arlington on Mosier Valley Road. There, activity takes place – unbeknownst to many, but vital to the city. Spanning for about 790 acres, this land makes up the Arlington Landfill. On a cloudy day, the landfill’s light brown terrain gives a surreal backdrop for a hub of activity. Large trucks roam amongst hills, mounds, dips and turns carrying out specific duties like the workers of an ant colony. Dyed mounds of black, maroon, beige and brown mulch, created from recycled leaves, bark and compost, form a multicolored Read more…

‘First Four’ Trees Planted in Southeast Arlington

In an effort to make this year’s NCAA Final Four the greenest ever, the City of Arlington, NCAA and the North Texas Local Organizing Committee gathered Wednesday at Ousley Junior High School to plant the first four of the 1,014 trees scheduled to be planted throughout North Texas. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck joined Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Experience Arlington CEO Ronnie Price, Arlington’s Urban Forestry & Land Manager Heather Dowell and Ousley Junior High students on the school’s front lawn for a ceremonial planting. According to Dane Brugler, communications manager for the North Texas Local Organizing Committee, this Read more…

Two Arlington Locations to Accept Recycled Trees

After the holidays are over, residents and businesses are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees. Two free drop-off locations are available from Dec. 26, 2013  through Jan. 13, 2014: South Arlington Calloway’s Nursery 4940 S. Cooper St. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily 817-465-2838 Christmas trees should be loaded into one of the containers on the north side of the building during business hours only. Map it North Arlington Arlington Sanitary Landfill 800 Mosier Valley Road 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday through Saturday weather permitting 817-354-2300 Map it Before you recycle your Christmas tree: Remove lights, ornaments and tree Read more…

Get Rid of Your Old Electronics

On Saturday, Nov. 23, celebrate Texas Recycles Day in Arlington by disposing of unwanted computers, televisions, or even cell phones. The annual Computer Roundup is from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper streets on the UT-Arlington campus. And it’s free. Arlington residents can bring old monitors, keyboards, printers, radios, VCRs, video cameras  – anything electronic, with the exception of large, household appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers. Call 817-317-2000 for disposal of those items. Proof of Arlington residency is required. Remember also that the Arlington Landfill accepts old computers and computer-related Read more…

Ecofest Delivers Green Giveaways and Money-Saving Conservation Tips

Without a cloud in the sky, Arlington’s fifth annual Ecofest was a day full of education, green giveaways and family activities at Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington on Sept. 21. Events ranged from learning about eco-friendly products and services from local vendors to free gardening classes and musical entertainment. Kids took part in a host of activities, such as interacting with animals at a petting zoo, learning the ins and outs of cycling at Bike Safety Town and skateboarding at Sk8 Zone. Hear what Dustan Compton, Conservation Program Coordinator in Arlington’s Water Utilities Department, had to say Read more…

Recycling in Arlington Gets a Big Boost

Pesky plastic trash bags. Takeout pizza boxes. Aluminum foil. Empty aerosol cans. Thanks to a new state-of-the-art recycling complex, Arlington residents will for the first time be able to recycle a slew of new items, helping the city dramatically cut waste and divert more from landfills. Leaders from Arlington and other area cities gathered Tuesday to dedicate the new North Texas Recycling Complex, a 90,000-square-foot center in Fort Worth that serves four counties — Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Parker. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck was on hand for a ceremonial ribbon cutting. “We are proud of our community, and we take Read more…

Learn How to ‘Go Green’ at EcoFest Arlington

Arlington will spread the word on going green at Ecofest Arlington, a free, family-fun event packed full of information, activities and demonstrations that promote environmental awareness. This is the fifth consecutive year of the event.  Ecofest Arlington takes place on Saturday, September 21 from 10am to 10pm at Founders Plaza, 100 W Abram St., in downtown Arlington. “We are very excited for another opportunity to show our citizens how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle,” said Heather Dowell, Arlington Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry Land Manager. “Every year this event gets bigger and better and we know it Read more…

Lake Arlington “Love Where You Live” Cleanup and CITO Event This Saturday

The City of Arlington’s Water Department and the Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up with SWAG (South West Arlington Geocachers) and Keep Arlington Beautiful to host the “Love Where you Live” Lake Arlington cleanup event at Eugene McCray Park on August 17th from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers will be picking up litter and debris along the shores and islands of Lake Arlington. *See Photos of Spring Event* Frequently asked questions Will I get wet? – Yes, there is a good possibility that you may get wet as Police, Fire and Park boats transport volunteers across the lake to the various cleanup Read more…