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Northeast Times | November 29, 2021

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Northeast Tarrant County citizens set to break a world record

Northeast Tarrant County citizens set to break a world record

The project has been registered with the Guinness World Book of Records, local residents and businesses have amassed the needed number of boxes (17,000), volunteers have been reassembling and organizing the boxes, an architect has donated his design services. And now members of the Northeast Environmental Team (NEET) are ready to “Recycle Birdville,” an attempt to build the largest structure in the world made from boxes.

A project meant to observe America and Texas Recycles Day, Recycle Birdville has volunteers building a replica of the original Tarrant County Courthouse which, in the mid-1800s, was located in what is now Haltom City. Not only is the project an effort in recycling and raising awareness of its importance, it’s a history lesson for all involved.

The effort is being organized by NEET, an environmental education group made up of members from Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga; all cities that comprised the original Birdville settlement. Courthouse construction will commence at 7 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at The Hills Business Center, 6357 Boulevard 26. The site is just down the hill from the original courthouse location.

Saturday, Nov. 15, is Recycles Day nationwide, and NEET is hosting its annual Recycles Day Flea Market on the same day and at the same parking lot. Local residents can get involved by paying $20 for one of 100 spaces available. The only requirement is that they sell only already-used items. Anything that vendors do not want to take home, along with the boxes from Recycle Birdville, will be donated and/or recycled. Recycling revenue will go to the Birdville Historical Museum.

For information, and to volunteer, please call 817-222-7767 or email fburns@haltomcitytx.com.