An educational event focusing on Sugar Land’s new enhanced solid waste and recycling program is planned on June 4, from 8-10 a.m., at Lost Creek Park, 3703 Lost Creek Blvd.
Residents are encouraged to attend the event to learn about the enhanced programs and use of the new carts, including the different sizes available. The event will also feature an automated collection truck demonstration.The new program is expected to save City residents $800,000 annually. New service will begin on Dec. 5.
Households in Sugar Land currently provided service by Republic Services will receive automated garbage collection twice per week, automated recycling collection once per week, green waste collection once per week, bulky waste collection once per month and an on-call collection service.
Current curbside recycling will be expanded to include all colors of glass bottles and jars. The addition of a green waste program ensures all green waste — grass clippings, leaves, brush, tree limbs, etc. — will be taken to a composting facility and recycled into mulch or compost rather than sent to a landfill.
Also new for every household will be a 95-gallon garbage cart and a 65-gallon recycling cart, though larger or smaller cart sizes may be requested. Residents can request their cart sizes by completing an online survey by July 20. To take the survey, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste, click the “Enhanced Solid Waste”
banner and then click the “Cart Selection Survey” link. The survey will be available on June 1.
Automated curbside collection contributes to the neighborhood’s appearance (as residents are issued carts with wheels and lids that have a uniform appearance) and more efficient operations that results in savings to residents. The program also utilizes carts that provide for a reduction in litter, odors and problems associated with animals and insects.
A test of the program in several Sugar Land neighborhoods resulted in a 260 percent increase in recycling, a benefit that results in less trash in area landfills.
For more information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste or call Sugar Land Public Works at (281) 275-2450.