Corpus Christi will begin issuing recycling penalty fees


Tossing non-recyclable items in your recycling bin can cost you a penalty fee now that the City Council has passed a new ordinance aiming to reduce Corpus Christi’s recycling contamination rate.

The Recycle Contamination Lessening Education and Enforcement (CLEAN) Program was passed by City Council Tuesday afternoon.  The city hasn’t set a launch date for the program. The program is similar to those in Austin, Houston, McAllen and San Antonio.

Corpus Christi Solid Waste recycling truck picks up a recycling bin on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

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Residents who place non-recyclable items in their recycling bin three times can be issued a $25 penalty. A fourth offense will result in the city removing the recycling bin for at least six months. The resident will then have to apply to have the bin returned.



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