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City of Baytown hopes to reduce waste with Recycling Pilot Program

Due to the success of its single stream curb-side recycling program, the City of Baytown, in partnership with Waste Management, has begun implementation of a six-month pilot program designed to provide residents with more capacity for recycling. As part of the pilot, three participating neighborhoods have or will soon receive a 96-gallon recycling cart. Collection days in the pilot area will remain the same; only the size of the container will change. The new, larger containers will allow participants to increase their recycling and decrease the amount of trash put out for collection. There is no additional cost to the resident.
“Our residents’ response and participation in our recycling program has been impressive; but we can still do more,” said City Manager Bob Leiper. “If the pilot program is successful, the City could implement these new containers city-wide, helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.”
A wide variety of items can be recycled city-wide, including paper items, glass, tin or steal cans, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles or containers. Paper items that are collected include paper cardboard, dairy and juice containers, paperboard, magazines, newspapers and junk mail. Plastic items that should be recycled will be labeled with the recycling symbol and a number 1 -7.
Items that should not be included in any of the recycling receptacles include food waste, films, plastic bags, plastic wrap, or foam cups and containers. Yard waste should also never be included in either the new recycling cart or the standard blue bin. To ensure collection, recycling should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day.
During the pilot program, recycling through out the City will continue as usual. For more information on recycling visit www.wm.com, or call the City of Baytown’s Public Works Department at 281-420-5300.