In an effort to improve the way Erath County residents dispose of their trash, Monster Recycling set up paper recycling bins across the county last year, and loads of paper products are hauled to the company’s dump site weekly and readied for recycling.

While Joe Borges, who operates the company out of Lingleville, said residents have been “extremely thankful” for the service, which he is proud to provide as an alternative for conscientious consumers, he also said those abusing the bins could bring the profitless program to a halt.

Sometime before Friday morning, a load was dumped in the recycling bin in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot. The debris included toilets, wooden doors, toys, boxes of books and clothing. Borges said he has even found couches and mattresses at the bins, which are strictly for paper products only.

Borges said in the current economy, selling recyclables has nearly become a thing of the past and said the business is currently more of a community service than a money-making opportunity.

“Since the recent crash, recycled stuff isn’t really selling,” Borges said. “But we have continued the program as a service to the local communities.”

When the economy takes an upturn, Borges hopes to expand Monster’s service in Stephenville to include plastic recycling.

“We hope to establish a local recycling site, but at this time, the economy doesn’t warrant it,” Borges said. “The market has to improve.”

But Borges will think twice if the job continues to be more of a burden than a benefit.

“I don’t want to stop the service,” Borges said. “But I urge everyone to only use the bins to dispose of designated items.”

City Administrator Mark Kaiser said he understands the monster dilemma and said for city residents, there is an answer to the problem. As a part of the city’s trash collecting contract with IESI, Monday is bulky item collection day, when residents can leave items such as couches, mattresses and toilets.

“Items will be picked up as long as they are not too heavy and they must also fit inside of the collection trucks,” Kaiser said. “The service is included in the rate citizens pay for their regular collection service.”

In addition, bulky items are picked up on regular collection days when left out with polycart collection receptacles.

“If space (in the truck) allows, bulky items will be picked up on regular collection days,” Kaiser said. “If the driver cannot accommodate the bulky items, they will call another truck to the address.”