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Pinebrook Wins, Crystal Clear

When the dust settled and the results of Round One of the automated recycling pilot program were announced, Pinebrook resident Indira Feustal, was not fazed.  She was unwavering when she said, “This is a battle Pinebrook intends to win.”  And when the neighborhoods met on the recycling field for Round Two and the residents rolled their carts to the curb, you could say she saw it coming---Pinebrook emerged on top.  What makes this victory even more glorious for Pinebrook is the fact that they’ve never had curbside recycling before.  They netted an admirable 60% in Round One and then eclipsed that in Round Two with a very impressive 80% participation rate.  

But what may make the next round more intriguing is that being behind may lead to being ahead.  Lindale Park moved up one notch but it’s obvious they’re looking for a bigger payout.  They increased their participation rate by a whopping 16%, establishing a strong presence and positioning themselves for a shot at the big time.  Standing next to Lindale Park and Pinebrook with double digits improvement is Riverwood Estates. 

There’s nothing like a friendly competition to get everyone excited about recycling but this contest brings an interesting scenario into focus.  The pilot program includes eight neighborhoods, three of which are in the Clear Lake area.  In addition to Pinebrook’s first place finish, the other two neighborhoods, Oakbrook and Pineloch, tied for third.  Each has turned out to be a recycling powerhouse in their own right but the overall winner is still to be determined.  The road to the championship is long; the outcome of the contest unknown but one thing is certain—each neighborhood’s fate rests solely in the hands of its residents.

Automated Recycling Pilot Program

 

 

 

Neighborhood

 

 

Number of Homes

 

Round 1

Round 2

Number of Carts Out

Percentage of Carts Out

Number of Carts Out

Percentage of Carts Out

Pinebrook

867

590

68

691

80

Meyerland

2,284

1565

69

1648

72

Pineloch

2,057

1256

61

1433

70

Oakbrook

1,070

650

61

757

70

Westbury

1,338

872

65

899

67

Lindale Park

1,137

444

39

631

55

Old Sixth Ward

299

158

51

156

52

Riverwood Estates

603

130

22

201

33

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Automated Recycling Program, just the facts...

The SWMD Automated Recycling Pilot Program is underway. Here are a few points of interest about the program:

  • Program period will last one year, starting in March 2009.
  • Has 10,000 participants, in various neighborhoods.
  • Projected to divert tons of waste from landfills every month.

Materials will be collected on a bi-weekly basis, on the residents scheduled recycling collection day. Residents are asked to have their Recycling Carts on the curb for collection by 7am the day of service.

Neighborhood
Service Day
Program
Implementation Date
Council
District
Westbury
THU-A
3.12.2009
C
Lindale Park
FRI-A
3.13.2009
H
Riverwood Estates
MON-B
3.16.2009
B
Old Sixth Ward
MON-B
3.16.2009
H
Meyerland
TUE-B
3.17.2009
C
Oakbrook
THU-B
3.19.2009
E
Pinebrook
THU-B
3.19.2009
E
Pineloch
FRI-B
3.20.2009
E

What items can go in the cart?

Newspaper Plastic Containers 1 through 7 (rinsed & drained)
Magazines Aluminum and Tin Cans (rinsed & drained)
Catalogs Cardboard (flattened)
Phone Books Glass Bottles and Jars (rinsed & drained)

This new service will allow you to recycle glass, which was not previously collected curbside.

Automated Recycling Pilot Program Links

  • FAQ's - newspoints and general information about the pilot program and general.
  • Pilot Program Map - Houston area map detailing where the pilot program neighborhoods are located.
  • Calendar - Automated Pilot Program Calendar of collection schedule.
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