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Glass could return to Houston recycling bins by 2018, mayor says

HOUSTON – Houstonians could resume placing glass in their recycling bins by next year, under an agreement being proposed by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Turner announced Wednesday that he has selected FCC Environmental LLC has the city’s new recycling provider.

The mayor said FCC will charge $87.05 per ton, including glass, which would total $1.6 million per year. He said that marks a significant savings over the current recycling rate with Waste Management of $90 per ton or $2.9 million per year, excluding glass.

Last year, Turner announced that residents could no longer place glass in their recycling bins. Instead, glass would have to be taken to various recycling stations opened across the city.

In addition to the savings, Turner said, FCC has pledged to build a state-of-the-art recycling facility in northeast Houston, which will be able to handle up to 35 tons of recyclables per hour, employ up to 100 people and be the company’s new headquarters.

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FCC will also dedicate money to education, internships and mentorships, Turner said.

Turner said the proposed agreement will be evaluated by committee before being voted on by the City Council.

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