By Elsa Maxey
The recently launched expanded solid waste and recycling program in Sugar Land is showing “runneth over” recycling carts since the program started this past December. Some residents have been wanting to know what to do other than to stack recycling items over the cart’s brim necessitating that the lid stay open, when there’s more than will fit into the container. After all, leaving the items alongside and outside the cart is not an option since the program is intended to only have the recycling items taken if they are inside it. So what’s a resident to do, especially because “The carts must be closed for trucks’ automated arms to pick up the containers,” according to city spokesperson Doug Adolph.
He said that the trash and recycling program’s customers are given to option to pick from three sizes of carts – 95, 65 or a 35 gallon cart, “both for garbage and recycle.”
Adolph also said, “There have been residents who have requested larger recycle carts but no comments in regards to items not fitting in the 95 gallon recycle cart.” The requests may not have been made, however, the old adage of “the proof is in the pudding” may apply here since the overstuffed, over-the-top recycling bins are an indication that on numerous occasions residents’ items have not fit, even in some of the 95 gallon carts. There’s a solution, however. “We do allow residents to have additional recycle carts at no charge,” said Adolph, indicating “they just need to contact Republic Services at 713-726-7307 to request the additional carts.”
But, if a resident does not regularly have the “runneth over” problem, holding off on some of the recyclables for the following week, may do the trick. Testimonials, by the way, are to the effect that Republic Services has been good natured and to date has picked up the contents of the “runneth over” recycling carts, even in neighboring Richmond, where that also seems to be occurring.