First up tonight, after spending millions of dollars on a new recycling program here in Laredo, some residents who live in apartments are feeling left out. How do they get rid of their recyclables? James Johnson joins us with the story, James.
The blue recycling bins, you see them lining the streets but what about the apartments? We talked to a city rep to find out.
Billie Botes, they're the blue bins you see lining the streets in front of Laredo homes on days the city picks up their recyclables, but what about the residence who live in apartments?
[cg:newsuper\xochitl mora\pio city of laredo] 03:32:38:12 "unfortunately there’s no program for apartment complexes, part of the reason is these residence don't have a service with the city.
Most of the apartments in town have contracts with private companies to pick up their trash and the city is looking to work with these companies to develop a partnership for recyclables.
[cg:newsuper\xochitl mora\pio city of laredo] 03:33:25:25 "we have to look at cost implementation and how the private companies would do it themselves, but we do encourage residence of apartments to recycle.
As of right now if you live in an apartment and you want to recycle the city provides two drop off centers. One is located on McPherson road and the other downtown. We followed an apartment resident to one of these locations to find out what she thinks.
[cg:newsuper\viridiana johnson\not happy with drop off centers] 03:43:12:22 "I’m glad there's drop off centers but not happy I have to drive 20 minutes to get here, it kind of sucks.
A recycle program for apartment residence is in the works and if everything goes through will benefit Laredo.
[cg:newsuper\xochitl mora\pio city of laredo] 03:35:49:05 "it benefits the environment. Anytime anyone recycles the true winner is the environment.
Now before the city had the blue bins they used blue bags that residence would use for their recyclables, but with the new machines the bag system no longer worked. For more information on the recycle program you can visit laredosolidwaste.com. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.