recycling and zero waste
Op-Ed: Fort Worth lacks ambition on solid waste management plan
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Op-Ed: While the Fort Worth plan has some good ideas, it does not include specific policies to achieve substantial landfill diversion or sustainability within the 20-year period. The city can do better!
Environmentalists push Austin for curbside composting
Time Warner Cable: Environmental activists push for curbside composting to add a third bin alongside a homeowners’ recycling and trash cans, strictly for organic food waste.
Dallas recycling stuck at only half its goal for ‘zero waste’
Dallas Morning News: The city of Dallas is recycling at just half the rate it set as a goal in a “Zero Waste” plan that City Hall approved three years ago. But the city’s not kicking the blue bins to the curb just yet.
Austin’s plans for citywide composting program take shape
Austin American-Statesman: Advocates say composting is the necessary next step toward the city’s “Zero Waste” goal, which aims to reduce trash sent to landfills and incinerators 90 percent by 2040.
In fourth-largest city in America, an 8-year-old steps up to recycle city’s glass
Houston Press: Yeah, that’s right, leave it to an eight-year-old in the fourth-largest city in America to make collecting roughly one-fifth of the city’s recycling tonnage his responsibility, as though 2016 Houston is the setting of a bleak Victorian-era Dickensian novel.
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.
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.
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.