Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Mission accomplished: recycling bins to Houston

Progressive Reading Series organizer and well-known local author Stephen Elliot writes in the Huffington Post of last night’s successful event to raise money for recycling bins for Houston. They raised enough for 276  18-gallon bins, and more importantly raised the profile of the recycling program of the Texas city.

Previously:
Houston to accept donation

Houston to accept donation from SF literati

Following up on Monday’s post about the folks at SF’s Progressive Reading Series having trouble getting Houston to accept a donation to help the Texas city purchase more recycling bins: the Hairballs blog of the alt-weekly Houston Press reports the Houston mayor’s office will accept the donation, as long as the requisite paperwork is filled out. Whew, glad that’s settled.

Speaking of garbage

In the same theme as my earlier post today: The company responsible for hauling garbage for much of San Mateo County has been accused of dumping nearly 65,000 tons of plant waste that should have gone to compost in a landfill instead.

The dispute comes as the company, a Phoenix firm called Allied Waste (their website has an animated slogan reading Greener And Cleaner), is set to negotiate a new contract when the present one expires in 2010. The company is also being acquired by Republic Services, which itself is trying to prevent a takeover by garbage giant Waste Management, Inc.

Leading a horse to water

San Francisco’s recycling program, which leads the nation in reducing a city’s waste stream, is a model for other cities — or should be. In Houston, they’re going in the opposite direction, recycling “only a tiny fraction of its waste.”

San Francisco to the rescue: the Progressive Reading Series, which raises money every month for liberal candidates and causes, has offered a donation to help Houston pay for more recycling bins. At first they encountered resistance, but hours after the local alt-weekly Houston Press posted about the snafu, a manager in Houston’s recycling program contacted the San Franciscans to see what could be done.

That may be all that happens today, as the Gulf Coast port has its hands full with an approaching hurricane.

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