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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) This week, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) announced an additional 35,000 households will be added to its automated curbside recycling program.

According to officials with the city’s Solid Waste Management Department, residents in neighborhoods throughout Houston will receive a 96-gallon green automated cart to place items in.

Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker said that the new endeavor will allow more Houston residents to participate in efforts to preserve and protect natural resources and recycle materials to ensure future prosperity of resources: “I am pleased that we continue to expand our recycling services. This is the first of two expansions this calendar year where we will double the number of homes with single stream recycling. Our recycling efforts show great financial responsibility in not paying to dispose of valuable commodities, as well as creates local jobs by appropriately managing resources,” said Mayor Annise Parker in a statement.

Harry Hayes, SWMD Director echoed the sentiments of Mayor Parker: “Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program. It’s convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb,” Hayes added in a statement.

Authorities also added that an additional expansion to 70,000 households is planned in the fall. “Recyclable items that can be placed in the containers include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans and plastics 1 – 5 and 7,” added SWMD officials.

SWMD also outlined the subdivisions included in the July 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program. They include:
1. Almeda Plaza
2. Bayou Place
3. Braeburn Glen
4. Braeswood Place
5. Brooksmith
6. East Montrose
7. East Sunnyside
8. Epernay Sec 2
9. Fourth Ward/Freemen’s Town
10. Glen Iris
11. Glenshire
12. Golfview Manor
13. Gulf Freeway Oaks
14. Harris Court
15. Heights
16. Heights II
17. Hiram Clarke
18. Home Owned Estates
19. Huntington Patio
20. Huntington Village
21. Inwood Terrace
22. Kashmere Gardens area
23. Keegan’s Glen
24. Kempwood Villa T/H
25. Magnolia Park Sec 2
26. Monte Beach
27. New Meadow Brook
28. Nottingham Sec 4
29. Outpost Estates
30. Parkglen
31. Parkglen West
32. Proctor Plaza
33. South Park
34. Sunnylan
35. Sunset Heights
36. Sunset Terrace
37. Third Ward
38. Tropicana
39. Westbriar
40. Westbury West
41. Westwood Corner
42. Westwood Patio Homes
43. Wilson Court

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City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department.

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