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March 12, 2015


Last month, Mayor Annise Parker personally delivered 96-gal recycling carts to residents in the Southeast community of Pecan Park, fulfilling the goal of city-wide automated curbside recycling for all residents with City of Houston solid waste collection. Council Member Robert Gallegos and City officials were also on hand to celebrate the final expansion and success of the Automated Recycling Program (ARP).

As a co-chair of the 2007 Solid Waste Task Force, then City Controller Annise Parker submitted diversion solutions designed to save taxpayers money and preserve valuable landfill air space.  One of the solutions, implementation of a city-wide automated curbside recycling program, is now a reality.  "It took close to six years and eight phases but slowly and strategically, we built upon the success of each rollout and reinvested the dollars saved into the next expansion, fulfilling a promise I made to bring city-wide automated curbside recycling collection to Houston residents," said Mayor Parker.

"Since inception of the pilot program in 2009, there has been significant momentum to increase automated recycling as Houstonians expressed interest in participating in such a convenient and cost-effective service," said Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Solid Waste Management Department, Harry Hayes.

In addition to the Automated Recycling Program, Mayor Parker has implemented several other recycling initiatives during her term in office including the opening of two new Neighborhood Depository & Recycling Centers, the Reuse Warehouse for diverting building materials from the landfill, the Business Recycling Program, the Compostable Bag Program and the implementation of Big Belly Solar Compactors.  The City has also created private sector partnerships for recycling yard and tree waste, concrete, mattresses, electronics, the milk cartons, textiles, clothes and shoes.

Have questions about what to throw into the green recycle bin? 
Go here. 

Have questions about what day we pick up the green recycle bins? 
Go here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the 96-gal recycling carts in your neighborhood, please contact the Solid Waste Management department. Please note that if you live in an apartment community, not all apartment management companies participate in recycling. If you live in a private community that does not participate in our recycling program, please bring your recyclables to a recycling center.

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Council Members: Brenda Stardig • Jerry Davis • Ellen R. Cohen • Dwight A. Boykins • Dave Martin •
Richard Nguyen • Oliver Pennington • Edward Gonzalez • Robert Gallegos •
Mike Laster • Larry V. Green • Stephen C. Costello • David W. Robinson •
Michael Kubosh • C.O. “Brad” Bradford • Jack Christie
Controller: Ronald C. Green