Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 14, 2013

1 Min Read
Houston Expanding Automated Curbside Recycling

Houston is expanding its automated curbside recycling program.

The city’s Solid Waste Management Department said in a news release it is adding 35,000 households to the program. Residents will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart similar to the black automated waste cart.

Materials that residents can recycle include newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans and plastics 1-5 and 7.

The automated recycling program began in Houston in 2009. Plans call for the program to expand to another 70,000 homes in the fall.

“This is the first of two expansions this calendar year where we will double the number of homes with single-stream recycling,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Our recycling efforts show great financial responsibility in not paying to dispose of valuable commodities, as well as creates local jobs by appropriately managing resources.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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