The resident board which helps oversee Bellaire’s recycling program is holding one of its special events Saturday (Aug. 23) — not so much to promote the program but to make sure households are managing their recyclables properly.
“Recycle Often, Recycle Right” will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the Centerpoint Energy Community Center, 7001 Fifth St., above the Bellaire Family Aquatics Center. The city’s Environmental Sustainability Board will host the free session, which will feature Shanna Lopez, municipal solutions manager from Waste Management, the company which pays Bellaire for its recyclables based on how much usable, uncontaminated material is delivered.
When residents toss nonrecyclable, dirty or incorrectly presented materials into their recycling bin, Bellaire’s contamination level rises and it receives less money for the load. Depending on the extent of the contamination, large quantities of items can end up in a landfill instead of being processed for reuse, defeating the environmental intentions of recycling.
The session is intended to review the rules of recycling and to allow residents to ask questions of board members and Waste Management.