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Houston Halts Recycling Pick-Up During Harvey Clean-Up

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KHOU reports that many Houstonians have been inquiring about their green bins and why they aren’t being picked up. In Houston, green trash bins are meant for recyclables, but the City of Houston, Texas has halted its curbside recycling pick-up due to the massive amounts of trash and storm debris they’re having to deal with.

“The only regularly scheduled solid waste collection will be garbage (black bins). Along with recycling, yard waste and junk waste collections are also suspended,” the news explains.

Houstonians who still want to recycle can take their items to Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Centers or the Westpark Recycling Center. Each location is listed on their website here, and they’ve adjusted their hours to be open every day in order to better serve the city during this rough time. Hazardous materials like paint and batteries can only be dropped off at the Environmental Service Center.

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Facebook page is chronicling the efforts that city employees must take to clean up the mind-boggling amount of debris from the flood waters created by Hurricane Harvey. By scrolling through the photos seen here, viewers are able to get a sense of how overwhelming and heartbreaking this task can be.