October 30, 2013
Curbside Recycling Expanded to 70,000 More Households
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is expanding the curbside recycling program to an additional 70,000 households. (See list below.) Service will begin Monday, November 25, 2013, for homes on "A" week collection and Monday, December 2, 2013, for homes on "B" week collection.
Residents in the neighborhoods included in the expansion will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart starting the last week of October, similar to the black automated garbage cart they currently have. Beginning Monday, November 25, collection of both the green and black carts will occur on the same day as current collection service; however, note that recyclables in the green carts are collected every other week.
Recyclable items that can be placed in the green carts include: aluminum cans, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, office paper, paper bags, paperboard, plastics and steel and tin cans 1 - 5 and 7.
This is the second expansion in 2013, which now doubles the number of homes in Houston with single stream recycling. This is not only good for the environment, but also helps reduce disposal costs, create jobs and appropriately manage resources. A further expansion is being planned for spring 2014; the neighborhoods have not yet been identified.
Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program. It is convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb.
Subdivisions included in the October/November 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program:
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