Mayor Sylvester Turner announced this week that Houstonians can once again have glass recyclables picked up from their homes.
The city’s new recycling contractor, Spain-based FCC Environmental Services (or Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas), was awarded its contract in 2018 and opened a new 120,000 square-foot facility in northeast Houston in March. The Houston Solid Waste Management Department, after a two-year hiatus from curbside glass recycling pickup, has since been collecting bottles and jars made of brown, clear and green glass.
Glass and other materials accepted in recycling bins — aluminum, cardboard, paper and some plastics — should be clean, dry and empty.
The city, which previously had a recycling contract with Houston-based Waste Management, said the new deal with FCC shares the financial risk between the two parties so the city “can limit its liability when the value of recyclables declines and share in revenue when it rises.” The city owns the facility, while FCC is responsible for operations and maintenance.
“During the course of negotiations, the city worked hard to come to an agreement for Houston that at no time will the cost per a ton of recycled material exceed the cost per a ton of disposal to the landfill,” the city said in a statement.
Glass recyclables will continue to be accepted at the city’s nine drop-off centers, including the one at 9003 N. Main St. in Independence Heights.