Brownsville to start curbside recycling next Monday

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 5:57pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 11:06am

A Brownsville committee is doing its part to ring in the new year in an environmentally friendly way: prepping for curbside recycling, which starts Monday, in 1200 homes in the four different districts of Brownsville.

But this isn't the first time the city has started this project. A few years ago, the city set up a pilot program to determine how well the city could recycle. But, the program ultimately failed due to lack of participation from residents.

"We felt that it was again a good time to see how this pilot program, and individualizing areas throughout the whole city in the effort and see how that would work out," said Brownsville city manager Charlie Cabler.

"This is the first time that you can put your chili pepper red bin out with your trash on the same day that your trash pick up is weather Monday through Friday, and the recycles will be picked up at the curb of where you live as opposed to taking it down to the recycle center," said Healthy Communities of Brownsville executive director Rose Timmer.

And now, the city is asking you for your volunteer efforts:

"Now the effort that we're doing is more comprehensive, and more built towards involving the community and volunteers," said Cabler.

"We are looking for participation, we are looking for what people are recycling," said Timmer.

The City of Brownsville is very particular with the items it would like its participants to recycle. But the items you can recycle include aluminum cans, plastic one, plastic two and newspapers.

"We are being very specific because we want to train people to recycle properly, and not contaminate the recyclable material," said Timmer.

But while hopes are high that the curbside recycling program will take off this time around, only time will tell.

"It seems like it's been very positive so we'll see how it goes,said Cabler, "but we're excited about the fact that we'll begin this toward the first week of the new year."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23. 

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