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Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup ‘significantly weaker’ than neighboring states
Texas Tribune: A new report says the standards Texas uses to determine how much — and whether — to clean up contaminated sites are ‘significantly weaker’ than those of neighboring states and the federal government.Read More
City strikes recycling deal that eliminates glass
Houston Chronicle: Mayor Turner and Waste Management reached a deal that will keep curbside recycling in Houston going uninterrupted. Glass will no longer be accepted in the program, which is a temporary step back. A long-term plan would provide better alternatives in the near future.
City considers nixing curbside recycling
Fox 26 Houston: Houston City Council will vote on whether or not to continue curbside recycling. Local environmental groups Texas Campaign for the Environment and Citizens Environmental Coalition say Houston needs to move forward, not back, on recycling.
Scruggs: Our environment pays if Houston doesn’t recycle
Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: The current call to eliminate curbside recycling in Houston confirms the need to commit to long-term recycling goals. We need to prevent and reduce waste right from the start, reuse everything we can after that, and yes, recycle the rest.
Your Vote Matters
Whether you’ve been paying rapt attention to this unusual presidential campaign or not, we hope that you will vote in this election. Remember it’s not only the top of the ticket that matters.
City Council ponders trashing curbside recycling
CW 39 NewsFix: Houston City Council must approve a new recycling contract in order to continue curbside recycling, but some Council members need more convincing.
Mayor Turner: Houston’s One Bin Program All But Dead
Houston Public Media: More than three years after its inception, the city of Houston’s proposed “One Bin For All” recycling project is going nowhere. Mayor Sylvester Turner says it’s not “something I want to move forward with right now, if at any time.”
A state agency that treats regulated companies as clients
Dallas Morning News Op-Ed: Unfortunately, the state agency that is supposed to protect public safety and property rights by enforcing standards for the oil and gas industry — the Railroad Commission of Texas — bends over backwards to protect drilling companies instead.
Tell Austin Resource Recovery–Composting First!
From our blog: It’s clear that Zero Waste has big opportunities for protecting our environment while saving us all money. Not all priorities are created equally, however, and curbside composting is an idea whose time has come. This will capture an entire new class of materials that most families currently have to throw into the landfill.
Making Reuse Mainstream
Austin Chronicle: Making reuse mainstream will be crucial to meeting the city’s goal of diverting 90% of materials from the landfill by 2040, and experts say it will require a combination of government leadership, corporate responsibility, and individual commitment.
Environmental Group Organizes Support for Pollution Issues Ahead of March 1 Election
EverythingLubbock.com: Door-to-door canvassers with Texas Campaign for the Environment will be generating handwritten letters to candidates for state house district 84 during a contested primary election between Rep. John Frullo and Republican Jim Landtroop, a former house representative.