Houston Plans Innovative Recycling Program
Houston is aiming to boost its recycling rate up to as much as 75 percent within the next few years by embracing new waste separation technologies. The rate of materials recovery in the Lone Star State’s biggest city is presently 14 percent, well below the national average. The plan was recognized by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, winning a $1 million prize as part of the organization’s Mayors Challenge.
The city’s plans to implement a “One Bin For All” program, in which residents may mix nearly all types of waste — common household trash, yard clippings and recyclables — in a single container for pickup. The refuse will then be taken to a $100 million advanced sorting facility, to be built and operated by a private company.