Recycling in Apartment Buildings & Complexes

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All residents deserve access to recycling services

We’ve all heard it before: reduce, reuse, recycle. Recycling helps protect our environment, preserves natural resources, and decreases the rate at which landfills are filled.

That’s why Abbie Kamin is proposing that all new and renovated apartment buildings and complexes in Houston provide recycling to residents, and that the city work with existing apartments to phase in recycling.

In 2008, Houston recycled less than 3 percent of all waste; in 2014, the recycling rate was 19 percent. That’s progress, but the recycling rate nationwide was 34 percent. Great strides have been made in the past 10 years, but we can, and we must, do better.

The one area where we can make up ground quickly is recycling in apartments. While many single-family homes are participating in local recycling programs thanks to curbside recycling, most apartment buildings and complexes are not. That’s a problem, because nearly 50 percent of all homes in Houston are apartment homes.

By providing recycling to residents in apartments, we can increase recycling and protect our city, and our planet, for future generations. The first step is to make sure every resident has  easy access to recycling.

If you want to elect smart leaders who will push for thoughtful policy fixes like this one, please consider endorsing Abbie, volunteering for her campaign or making a contribution today. Thank you!