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McAllen Recycling Center sees decrease in contaminated material

Dead animals, used diapers and food waste were some of the items that the McAllen Recycling Center found in the blue recycling bins before the “Recycle Right” program was implemented in October 2016.

Dead animals, used diapers and food waste were some of the items that the McAllen Recycling Center found in the blue recycling bins before the “Recycle Right” program was implemented in October 2016.

Those who misuse the bins are issued a citation as a warning, but if people continue to dispose of the wrong items, the city takes it a step further.

"Then it becomes a red violation, which it doesn't go on the bin, it goes on your front door, that one is just telling you your bin has been removed,” said Robert Ramirez, recycling supervisor of the McAllen Recycling Center. “Now you will be assessed the violation, the $10.50 charge, plus an additional black bin for the six months."

McAllen Recycling Center renewable resources manager Roberto Treviño Jr. says that since the program was implemented, the center has seen the new initiative encourage people to recycle properly.

"We have over 34,000 recycle bins out there in our community,” Treviño said. “We've only removed a little over 1,000 bins, so everybody is still doing their part and we've seen about a 15 percent increase in recycling tonnage."

In addition, the center has seen less contaminated material coming in by 10 percent.

Anyone with questions or doubts about recycling can reach the McAllen Recycling Center at 956-681-4050.

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