THE FIGHT OVER RECYCLING IN HOUSTON!

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Environmental and social justice advocates protest outside City Hall to fight proposed new waste facility and show support for expanding recycling to all homes, apartments and businesses

Who:
Melanie Scruggs, Texas Campaign for the Environment, 713-822-2277

Roy Sanchez, Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE)

Bryan Parras, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS),  lucas77@gmail.com, 713-303-5811

Jacquelyn Young, Miss Houston Rodeo/Texans Together, jeyoung@texanstogether.org, 713-782-8833

Art Browning, Sierra Club Houston Regional Group, art.browning@gmail.com, 281-728-6327

What:
Rally at Houston City Hall to oppose City’s “One Bin for All” waste facility proposal that would eliminate source-separated curbside recycling, and support a Zero Waste Plan that would make it possible to recycle at home, work and play.

When:
Tuesday, February 25th, 12:30pm

Where:
Houston City Hall

901 Bagby St.

(North side on Bagby St.)

Why:
The City of Houston has proposed to trash its single-stream recycling program in 2015 in order to combine recyclables with garbage in “One Bin for All.” The proposal, written with little public input from citizens, provides tax incentives for an expensive waste facility that could incinerate Houston’s trash and threaten surrounding neighborhoods, predominantly low-income communities of color, with dangerous air pollution. By mixing paper, plastic, aluminum etc. with garbage, the scheme would also contaminate recyclables, costing the City jobs and revenue. Community leaders and activists from environmental and social justice organizations are speaking out against the City’s bad plan while advocating for a positive alternative: more big green recycling bins extended to all homes, apartments and businesses, and a long term Zero