City Announces New Recycling Program Partnership

Curbside glass recycling is back.


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Houston will get glass pickup again in a new recycling deal.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced details regarding the City’s negotiations with a new recycling partner, FCC Environmental LLC. FCC operates recycling facilities in 35 countries, and now its U.S. headquarters would move to Houston.

City Council could vote on the contract as early as July 19. Operations could begin 14 months later. Turner said he’s hopeful that City Council will approve the contract.

"Houston will count as the sixth Texas city to choose FCC, and their total recycling processing contract value will exceed more than $600 million," Turner said.

The new contract comes after a bumpy year for Houston's recycling program. Faced with a $160 million budget gap, the City decided to stop recycling glass to cut costs.

The FCC deal will include glass pick up. According to Turner, it's designed to withstand another deficit.

"Even in the worst market conditions that we experienced like last year, we will never pay more to recycle than we do for solid waste landfill disposal," he said.

FCC plans to build a new processing plant that will be located near an existing Houston-area landfill. It's expected to bring 100 factory jobs to the city.

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Jen Rice


Jen Rice is the City Hall reporter at Houston Public Media, where she covers topics like Houston City Council and housing. Jen was born and raised in Houston's 100-year floodplain. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University and has a master's degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs...

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