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One Bin For All

One Bin For All (OBFA) is the next evolution of recycling. It would allow Houston residents to place all trash, recyclables, and compostables in one bin, providing for a much higher rate of resource recovery.

Project Vision

One Bin For All (OBFA) is the next evolution of recycling. It would allow Houston residents to place all trash, recyclables, and compostables in one bin, providing for a much higher rate of resource recovery. The City of Houston has a vision for leveraging Houston’s legacy of innovation and exploration to change the way the world thinks about recycling.

Residents would be able to discard all materials in one bin, treating “trash” as valuable assets, while dramatically increasing recycling using game changing technologies.

The goals of the project include:

  • Significantly increase diversion and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills;
  • Allow all residents to simply put their discarded materials into one bin (excluding heavy trash, e-waste and household hazardous waste);
  • Protect air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by organic materials in landfills, and reduce garbage and recycling truck trips;
  • Convert non-recyclables into compost and/or energy;
  • Reduce or neutralize City municipal solid waste costs through efficiencies and revenue sharing;
  • Stimulate community interest in and responsibility for reducing, reusing and recycling;
  • Create jobs; and
  • Serve as a 21st-century model to communities around the world.

The City will not implement any technologies that increase greenhouse gas emissions or are otherwise damaging to the environment or the City’s diverse neighborhoods. The City is committed to finding and using only those technologies that offer both a positive impact on the environment and the City’s financial future. If the City is not able to accomplish those two goals, the City will continue its commitment to traditional single-stream recycling.

Why Houston

Look at the City’s record. This can be done. Houston has led the world in space exploration and cancer research. And more recently, the City has taken bold new steps with municipal programs such as Rebuild Houston (a comprehensive pay-as-you-go street and drainage program), the Forensics Science Center (the creation of an independent organization to oversee the City’s crime lab operations), the Bayou Greenways (a public private partnership creating 300 miles of new trails along Houston’s bayous) and Houston’s Recovery Center (a unique sobering center for public intoxication cases). Now the City is exploring equally bold new ways to improve how the world manages solid waste.

Next Steps

Cascadia Consulting performed a detailed Waste Characterization Study and the final report for this study was received on May 20, 2014.

On April 11, 2014, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued by the City. Only those Proposers that were short-listed from RFQ S10-Q24644 are invited to participate in this RFP.

On July 10, 2014, the City received five proposals in response to the RFP S10-T24905.  The proposals   are currently under review by the evaluation committee.

Contact Us

Yvonne Cantu
One Bin For All
Phone: 832.393.0940
Email: yvonne.cantu@houstontx.gov