Volunteers Distribute New West U Recycling Information
Along with Recycling and Solid Waste Reduction members and West U City Councilman Dick Yehle, over 70 volunteers hit the streets on Saturday to deliver the most current information on what can and cannot be recycled curbside in West University Place.
Volunteers included West U residents, students from Lamar, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mark’s, St. John’s, St. Thomas, Strake Jesuit, Pin Oak Middle School, and Regis. The beautiful weather allowed volunteers to reach over 5,000 homes with the updated information in door hanger form in just a couple of hours.
Single-stream recycling was instituted last year in West U allowing residents to place newspapers, junk mail, food boxes, office and school paper, cardboard boxes, metal cans, glass bottles, jars, plastic bottles, containers and lids in the same bin for curbside recycling.
Residents may now add milk, juice, soy, broth and wine cartons (aseptic containers), rigid plastics such as nursery plant containers, toys and other household items, and home/garage/yard scrap metal into the recycling bin.
If everyone is mindful to not dispose what can be recycled, West U should expect an increase in their recycling volume and a decrease in what goes to the landfill. If residents find they have more to recycle than fits in the blue bin, they are encouraged to use cardboard boxes and paper bags to contain their recycling. RecyclExpress, West U’s 24/7 drive-through recycling center, is also available for larger volumes.
Almost 80 percent of household trash is recyclable, but West U’s recycling rate is 27 percent at most compared to the national average of 35 percent. The board would like to see the West U community bring the rate up to 40 percent within the next year. Although West U enjoys widespread participation in curbside recycling, only a small percentage of residents recycle fully. Take the board’s challenge to limit your household to one to two trash bags per week, excluding yard waste.
For more information on West U’s recycling program, contact www.westutx.gov, email@example.com, or 713-662-5839.