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.
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.
The goal of the program is to reduce the current 40% contamination rate to 20% or less.
How to opt out of the CLEAN Program
Those who don’t want to be part of the city’s recycling program can request to have their bin removed. You can also request to have an additional trash bin for about $11 a month.
Call the city at 361-826-2489 to request.
What can (and can’t) be recycled?
A triangle recycling symbol does not mean an item is recyclable in Corpus Christi.
The following items can be recycled, according to the city website:
- Junk mail, catalogs, and envelopes
- Shredded personal documents
- Boxes, such as cereal boxes, pasta boxes, frozen dinner boxes and drink cartons
- Shoe boxes
- Cardboard (flattened)
- Newspaper and magazines
- Phone books
- Copy and computer paper — white and colors
- Protective paper wrapping on shoes, purses, etc.
- Water/soda bottles (with lids removed)
- Detergent, soap and shampoo bottles (with lids removed)
- Milk jugs
- Butter, sour cream and yogurt tubs
- Syrup, peanut butter and squeezable jelly bottles
- Clean aluminum, tin and steel
- Food cans for things like vegetables and soup
- Metal drink cans – sodas, energy drinks
- Other beverage cans
- Empty aerosol spray cans
These items can not be recycled:
- Plastic bags
- Plastic film
- Glass (residents can take their glass to the J.C. Elliott Collection Center)
- Household hazardous waste
- Food waste or liquids
- Containers with food residuals (like pizza boxes)
- Wet paper products
- Yard waste (grass trimmings, branches)
- Waxed paper or waxed cardboard
- Motor oil containers
- Garden hoses and electrical cords
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