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Mayor Presents New Option To Recycle Glass In Houston

Through a partnership with the city, the leading company in glass recycling in North America will operate ten drop-off sites.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner explained Strategic Materials will operate ten glass recycling sites in addition to nine facilities managed by the City that also take that material.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner explained Strategic Materials will operate ten glass recycling sites in addition to nine facilities managed by the city that also take that material.

Curbside glass recycling has been grinding to a halt in Houston since the spring because of issues with the city’s contractor.

Waste Management concluded recycling that material was not being profitable due to low commodity prices.

However, Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a pilot program that will make it easier to be green through a partnership with Strategic Materials, which is the largest glass recycler in North America.

The company will operate ten containers where Houstonians can drop off their bottles and other materials.

The new containers are in addition to nine existing recycling locations managed by the city that also take glass.

The first two containers will be available at Sharpstown Park and the Salvation Army donation center on Washington Avenue.

“The City of Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department will send out notices as the other eight locations are added to this pilot program,” Turner explained in a press conference held after the weekly council meeting.

The city doesn’t have to pay for the containers, but Strategic Materials will keep the profits from the recycled glass.

“We hope to identify more partners overtime to work with us and our customer base to continue to grow this program even more,” said Denis Suggs, president and CEO of Strategic Materials.

City officials note that people who want to drop off glass must empty and rinse the containers and remove all caps, corks and lids before taking them to recycling locations.

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