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The city of Katy is getting out of the glass recycling business. The city informed residents by using its Everbridge emergency notification system for the first time.
As of Friday, Sept. 6, the city is not accepting glass for recycling. In its notice to residents, the city said, “This change is due to the decline in exporting recyclables to China. Unfortunately, recycling programs aren’t accepting glass because it has become less cost-effective to recycle. Recycling is a for-profit industry that relies on the ability to sell reclaimed materials at a profit. Glass is among one of the types of recyclable that is now being sent to a landfill instead.”
At the Sept. 9 Katy City Council meeting, Ward A Councilwoman Janet Corte said the notification sent through the system “drew a lot of attention.”
According to the city, items accepted for its recycling program include:
Flattened Cardboard – boxes, cereal boxes, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes, soda and beer can carry cases
Paper – office, notebook (no metal clips, spirals or binders), gift wrap, paper newspapers (including inserts; remove plastic sleeves), magazines, catalogs and telephone books, paperback books, junk mail and envelopes (no plastic cards, stick on labels or unused stamps), kraft bags/brown paper.
Aluminum cans, trays and foil.
Steel cans and tin.
No. 1 Plastic – soda, water bottles, common food packages.
No. 2 Plastic – milk jugs, juice containers, detergents, bleach, health and beauty aid products and household cleaners.
No. 4 Plastic – grocery containers such as margarine tubs, frozen dessert cups, six and twelve package rings.
No. 5 Plastic – grocery containers such as yogurt cups and narrow neck syrup.
No. 7 Plastic – narrow neck containers only such as condiment bottles or salad dressings.
The city’s notification system was launched in August to “inform residents about events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures.” Residents can visit https://tinyurl.com/y2optwg5
to register for the program.