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Houston Recycling Industry Concerned About Losing Curbside Glass Pickup

The Houston City Council will consider a new contract for the city’s curbside recycling service – two weeks after rejecting a previous draft.

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Houston recycles – but not glass?

The proposed contract between the city and Waste Management has one major change: Glass will no longer be accepted. That has not only many residents upset, but also glass recycling companies.

Curt Bucey, executive vice president of Strategic Materials, was one of three representatives of organizations benefiting from glass recycling to address the City Council Tuesday.

“We get about 12,000 tons of glass through the city,” he said. “If they pass this, it will go to zero tomorrow.”

Residents will still be able to drop off glass at city depositories, but Bucey said that’s not enough.

Council member Greg Travis had an idea: Why not form a partnership with a recycling company?

“I think if you’re able to come by and pick up the glass, we would love that,” he said to Bucey. “And you get everything you need for the recycling.”

Bucey said he’ll have to sit down and consider options but it would have been good to talk about that months ago when the city started negotiations with Waste Management.

The company is losing money from recycling because commodity prices are so low.

The current recycling contract expires Wednesday.

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