If you live in Houston, you have no excuses for not recycling. The City of Houston started a curbside recycling program in 1990, and has expanded that program over the years to make recycling possible for everyone in the city. They offer four simple ways for you to recycle:
- You can place newspaper, magazines, telephone books, aluminum and tin cans, advertising mail, corrugated cardboard, and plastic soft drink containers, together in a green bin. The city will even collect used oil that is placed in clean containers (with screw-on tops) next to the bin in clean containers with screw-on tops. They will collect this from your curb bi-weekly.
- If your neighborhood isn’t on the curbside recycling route, you can still participate at a neighborhood drop off site. The City of Houston provides seven permanent and two alternate weekend sites where you can recycle anything from newspapers to aluminum cans and cardboard boxes.
- In addition to their curbside and neighborhood recycling programs, the city operates a Consumer Recycling Center where you can recycle batteries, oil, paint, and antifreeze. At the Environmental Service Center, you can drop off household hazardous waste like pesticides, cleaners, and solvents.
- VCRs, computers, and other small electronics can be dropped off at the Westpark Consumer Recycling Center or the Environmental Service Center.
Check their website [http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/recycling.html] for more information about recycling centers and what items are accepted. Together we can keep our Houston are landfills clean by recycling.