Curbside Recycling

With a looming budget deficit that could force layoffs and cuts to services, Council is being asked to vote on a new recycling contract with Waste Management.  Waste Management is the only company to bid, and they want higher fees from the city since profits are now lower for reselling recycled materials. The increased cost is reported to be around 3 to 4 million dollars a year.  Currently the Solid Waste budget comes out of the General Fund, as Houston does not charge a separate garbage fee the way that many cities do.  It took years of incremental service expansion before every single-family home in Houston had curbside recycle services in those big, green bins.  On March 1, 2016, I spoke in favor of the City retaining Curbside Recycling as did others.   I was asked, as were other speakers,  “Would I be willing to pay a fee?”  and “Would the community be willing to pay a fee?”  So I am putting those questions out to the community:   How do you feel about curbside recycling? What are your thoughts on being charged  a garbage fee sometime in the future? 
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Summary:
ORDINANCE approving and authorizing Restated Agreement for Recycling Services between the City of Houston, Texas and WASTE MANAGEMENT OF TEXAS, INC, for the Solid Waste Management Department for Recycling Services; providing a maximum contract amount - 4 Years with two optional one-year renewals - $18,314,000.00 - General Fund
 TAGGED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS KNOX, STARDIG, LASTER, KUBOSH, GREEN, TRAVIS and LE
This was Item 14 on Agenda of February 24, 2016 and will be voted on March 9th
 
For the background and FAQs on this subject from the City visit:  Background info on Recycling and FAQs
 

For other background, here is a link to an editorial that ran into today's Houston Chronicle:  Link to editorial

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* 1. Do you currently recycle using the green rollout bin provided by the City of Houston?

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* 2. How important is curbside recycling to you?

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* 3. If curbside recycling is discontinued would you still recycle by taking your recyclables to the City facility on South Post Oak or Westpark?

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* 4. Would you be willing to pay a garbage fee to the City to continue with curbside recycling?

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* 5. If you are willing to pay a garbage fee,  please indicate below what you would be willing to pay on a monthly basis. In 2014,  $3.76 was proposed.

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* 6. Where do you live?

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* 7. Thank you for participating in this quick survey. You may add a comment below in the box provided.  If you feel strongly about  keeping recycling,  write directly to City Council before the vote on Wednesday March 9th. ( you can use the council prefix and @houstontx.gov to reach everyone: for example: districtk@houstontx.gov; atlarge1@houstontx.gov, etc)    
Thanks again , Becky Edmondson, President of the Westbury Civic Club & CoPresident of the Westbury Super
Neighborhood (to contact me directly please email: beckyedmondson@sbcglobal.net) 

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