You Don't Get Something for Nothing: Environmentalist Still Thinks Houston's New Recycling Project Is Wanting
The City of Houston is moving forward with plans to build a recycling project, but environmentalists still insist the project the city has chosen is, ironically enough, bad for the environment.
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Now city officials have opened up the field for bids on the project, and Tyson Sowell of the Texas Campaign for the Environment is still saying the project is the wrong way to go.
Back in March, Mayor Annise Parker announced that the city had received a $1 million grant as finalists for a proposed recycling project, "One Bin for All." New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the sponsor of the contest, was, of course, a big fan of the idea, which would take recycling out of the hands of individuals and make it something that simply happened to all Houston trash as a matter of course.
"One Bin for All is a first-of-its kind innovation that will revolutionize the way we handle trash, achieving high-volume recycling and waste diversion, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs....I know this cutting-edge technology has the potential to improve health and quality of life not only in Houston, but around the world," Parker stated in March when accepting the award.
While some major cities have been pretty into recycling for years, Houston doesn't offer curbside recycling to all residents and has a recycling rate of about 14 percent, according to Sowell.
"That's an abysmal percentage," he said.