City of Pharr: Establish a Curbside Recycling Program

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Currently, schools and businesses in the City of Pharr can request a blue recycling bin from Pharr Public Works. There are also three recycling centers throughout the city. However, the city still has not established a curbside recycling program in which all residential, school, and commercial buildings receive a blue bin(s) for paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, and glass.

I have spoken to the mayor, several city commissioners, representatives from Pharr Public Works, and administrators from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD. There is general support for the initiative, with funding and implementation being the primary concerns. My goal is threefold:

(1)  Enter a partnership with the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District to secure funds and grants, technology, resources, and physical space for the curbside recycling program.

(2)   Establish an awareness and education campaign aimed to teach Pharr residents proper recycling practices via Operation Clean Sweep, Pharr Public Works presentations, Pharr IT.MEDIA videos, and social media outreach.

(3)   Form an interlocal City of Pharr Green Commission composed of city officials, school leaders, and business representatives to oversee and improve the curbside recycling program’s implementation along with other sustainability efforts.

In doing so, the City of Pharr can massively reduce waste and littering, save residents time and money, lead the lower Rio Grande Valley in sustainability efforts, demonstrate effective community partnership, provide service learning opportunities for students, improve the city's quality of life, and much more.

As of May 6th, I have drafted a resolution that will urge the City of Pharr to begin establishing the program. This is the first step to future action and ordinances. Your signatures will show public support.



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