Officials Say Upper Valley Needs To Recycle More Than Ever

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 7:59am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 3:53pm

While the rest of the world is going green, many people say the upper valley has fallen behind.

"We have to make an impact for the future, some sort of impact. Somebody has to make an effort to make a change and not just complain about it but actually go forward and make a change," says Grace Segovia atthe Pharr Recycling Center.

Officials at the Pharr Recycling Center are trying to do just that. They have set up areas where local residents can recycle paper, aluminum, used oil and much more.

Segovia adds, " The environmental education is something we need to focus on tremendously. We see it a lot in the schools that its trickling down to the parents and from the parents to the grandparents, so its slowly increasing."

Several cities in the upper valley recycle but it doesn't mean that everyone is doing it. Recycling center officials tell us the local landfill has less than a year in capacity.
Even more reason for the upper valley to start recycling.

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I've been recycling ever since McAllen started many years ago. It is a bit of an inconvenience because it builds up so quickly in my home...and that's with only 3 in our home!

Typical to the community as a whole, if there's nothing in it (monetary benefit) for the recycler, they won't participate! Even though one gets a few cents per pound on aluminum, for many, it's not worth the effort!

The majority of the immigrants settling in the RGV are not encouraged to recycle/doesn't exist!

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