The story of Galveston Urban Ministries’ curbside recycling program is heartwarming. The ministry was begun to offer a service to environmentally conscious islanders and employment to people who need it.

It also was a reminder that the city, at one time, had a similar vision. Remember when every household was required to have the big green garbage containers that could be lifted by mechanical arms mounted on new garbage trucks?

At the time, officials said the expense was needed to make garbage collection more efficient. With increased efficiencies, they said, it would be only a matter of time before curbside recycling could be offered throughout Galveston.

Don’t you wonder what happened to that?


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Steve Fouga

I was surprised when I moved to G-Town that recycling is not required by city ordinance. Fort Worth, where I lived before moving here, has required it for years, and I assumed everyone was doing it. People are ticketed for non-compliance. A little burdensome, but I felt better knowing an attempt to be environmentally sound was being made. Fort Worth can handle so many types of recyclables that that bin was always more full than the trash bin.

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