City officials launched a new recycling facility in northeast Houston Thursday, bringing curbside glass recycling back to the area.
Since 2016, Houstonians have been asked to take their old glass to one of 10 city depositories. With this new facility, Houstonians can recycle glass along with the rest of their items again.
The facility is operated by FCC Environmental Services, the company that won a controversial contract the city is still defending in court.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, FCC said half of the jobs at the facility are “second-chance” opportunities for individuals who have a criminal background.
Mayor Sylvester Turner said the new facility is a promise that his administration has kept.
“We said two years ago that, if given the opportunity, we would bring back recycling in the city of Houston, including glass,” he said.
City Council voted last year to award the contract to FCC, despite ongoing litigation from another recycling company regarding the bidding process.
This is FCC’s second facility in Texas. The Spanish company also plans to move its U.S. headquarters to the area.