Mayor's Office

Press Release

City of Houston Issues One Bin for All Request for Qualifications
New Program Manager Hired to Implement Project



June 12, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker today announced the issuance of a Request for Qualifications for the innovative idea One Bin for All.

The City of Houston invites submittals from qualified firms interested in providing residential municipal solid waste and recyclables processing for One Bin for All resources to significantly increase the City’s waste diversion rate. 

One Bin for All is a first-of-its kind innovation that will revolutionize the way we handle trash, achieving high-volume recycling and waste diversion, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs,” said Mayor Parker. “I am excited we have expeditiously reached one of our key milestones in this process and am anxious to begin implementation because I know this cutting-edge technology has the potential to improve health and quality of life not only in Houston, but around the world.”

This RFQ will allow the City to work with firms that can provide game-changing technology to separate trash from recyclables, allowing residents to discard most materials in one bin and transforming the concept of “trash” to “resource recovery.” The anticipated end result is a dramatic increase in the amount of waste diverted from our landfills.

The RFQ can be downloaded here:

Submissions are due August 22, 2013. A pre-proposal conference will be held on June 27, 2013.

Earlier this year, Houston’s One Bin for All idea was one of the five winners in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities to improve the well-being of the nation. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. Houston was selected as a Mayors Challenge winner out of a pool of over 300 applicant cities, based on four criteria: vision, ability to implement, potential for impact, and potential for replication. One Bin for All was also the first place winner of the Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Selection.

In addition to the issuance of the RFQ, Mayor Parker also announced the selection of Deputy Director Don Pagel as the new Program Manager for One Bin for All.

“Don’s background in economic development, finance and technology along with his proven program management skills, make him a perfect executive to help lead this program,” said Mayor Parker.

Mr. Pagel has previously been a major change agent in the City’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department where he consolidated all City payroll and implemented technology to make it more efficient, compliant and accurate.  He was instrumental in the Parking Management Division becoming more consumer friendly, using parking as an engine for economic development throughout the City.

Mr. Pagel came to the City from the private sector four years ago where his experience in business turnarounds and technology implementations helped businesses realize large visions in often difficult times or circumstances.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as various certifications including project management.


The City of Houston thanks the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; the firm Gershman Brickner & Bratton; and the City’s Sustainability Office, Strategic Purchasing Division, Legal Department, Solid Waste Management Department, Finance Department and Chief Development Office for providing guidance and expertise in developing the One Bin for All concept and RFQ.