Houston, TX, April 19, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Recycling in Houston has been a challenge for its environmentally conscious citizens, and when the city of Houston removed glass bottles and jars from their residential single-stream curbside recycling program in 2016, many residents began looking for a new way to easily recycle these materials. Fortunately, a local recycling company provides an alternative solution to glass recycling and with the help of a popular crowdfunding website, their goal to increase awareness about curbside glass collection services are within reach.
"The removal of glass from the city’s single-stream curbside recycling service has left many Houstonians without an easy solution to properly dispose of their glass bottles and jars,” said Tara Brown-Selders, owner and founder of Recycle4U. “Private recycling collection services, like ours, are here to assist the city, which is why we are proud to offer our monthly glass-only curbside recycling service to most areas in Houston!”
Last year, the city of Houston partnered with Strategic Materials (SM) to help residents recycle their glass bottles and jars using centrally located self-service drop-off dumpsters. “This partnership is a great start to solving Houston’s glass recycling needs, and Recycle4U hopes to help increase glass recycling in Houston through its recurring glass only pick-up services for residents that prefer to continue recycling their glass at the curb,” said Brown-Selders.
“Our innate desire to preserve the environment and keep our city clean, brings the city and us together in a powerful and meaningful way. Recycled glass is a versatile and valuable material for many industries, and each are looking to increase the amount of recycled glass they use in their products,” said Curt Bucey, Strategic Materials, EVP Business Development and Industry Affairs. “Working together is the most effective way to maximize glass recycling - our city of Houston, its residents and local businesses like Recycle4U, have the power to impact how those products are made, while also protecting the environment.”
Like many small businesses, Recycle4U has its struggles when it comes to traditional forms of business lending and recently decided to create a crowdfunding campaign to help support their goal of increasing awareness regarding curbside glass recycling services. Much to their delight, many friends, customers, followers, etc. agreed that glass recycling is important and the campaign is now featured on Kiva’s platform as one of their favorite green businesses!
Kiva is the first and largest micro-lending service in the world that has distributed $709 million over 10 years, in 85 different countries, among 1.5 million small businesses with 0% interest! In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Kiva decided to showcase a few select businesses that help promote environmentally-conscious practices like Recycle4U.
“It’s always great to Go Green and April has long been the month for many people to implement ‘Earth Day Resolutions’ similar to those made in January but with an eco-friendly twist,” said Brown-Selders. “We are so grateful to all those who have helped us transition from a private to public fundraising stage and we are looking forward to expanding our network of supporters/lenders in the remaining 2 weeks. Recycle4U is optimistic that our mission to help Houston recycle by offering affordable, effective and convenient recycling collection services to homes and businesses will help tackle the city’s abysmal recycling rate!”
Changes contribute to long-standing recycling struggles for Houston
Houston has long been known as one of the cities with the lowest recycling percentages in the country, with only 9.4 percent of materials being recycled in 2009. Although this rate has increased significantly as the city expanded their single-family curbside single-stream recycling services over the past several years, Houston still ranks far below other cities such as San Francisco and Seattle, which recycle more than 60 percent of their materials. Even with the city offering several drop-off locations for sorted recyclables and public dumpsters for glass drop-off recycling in a few areas overall, recycling remains a challenge for many Houston homes and businesses.
"Recycle4U picked up my glass for years and provided great, consistent service! A few years ago my neighborhood began receiving curbside recycling services which included glass so I no longer needed their help and reluctantly discontinued our service,” said Allison Gower, an excited returning customer. “Now that the city has removed glass from their curbside recycling program, I have renewed my service with Recycle4U. Thank goodness Recycle4U is here to fill the gap and offer monthly glass only curbside collection services!”
To find out more information about the new monthly glass only curbside pick-up service or Recycle4U’s additional collection services, go to www.recycle4u.us, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-519-8748.
Recycle4U is a locally owned recycling company providing recurring sorted recycling collection services to Houston and surrounding areas since 2009. This premier business provides point-to-point indoor and outdoor recycling collection services to both residential and commercial customers. Recycle4U also offers sorted indoor and outdoor recycling containers as well as mail-in recycling kits for batteries and light bulbs, eco-friendly products and event recycling containers. Recycle4U is committed to making Going Green and recycling easier for everyone!
Tara Brown-Selders, Owner
5773 Woodway Dr. # 113
Houston, TX 77057
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