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      Recycling Pilot Program

      Distributing 200 hundred recycling bins throughout Brownsville was the goal Saturday morning.

      City leaders said residents have asked for a recycling program for years so they launched a pilot program to evaluate if residents would actually participate.

      More than 20 volunteers from the group Healthy Communities of Brownsville were out in full force with one goal in mind " recycling.

      Executive Director of Healthy Communities of Brownsville Rose Timmer said, "recycling is part of keeping a community healthy because it will keep the recycables out of our landfill."

      Volunteers explained pick up dates and times for the recycling bins and gave residents a helpful number with a list of approved recyclable items that include large plastic containers like milk jugs, washed and without the tops), tin and aluminum cans and cardboard (excluding cereal boxes).

      City commissioner Edward Camarillo said BFI and Allied Waste chose the 200 homes and made sure to include one neighborhood in each precinct.

      "We own our own landfill and if we take care of the landfill properly, Camarillo said. That means we don't have to go and buy extra land to expand the landfill.

      Camarillo said the pilot program will not cost the city anything during the three months of the pilot program, but once the pilot is over, they will evaluate the information to determine if a curb side recycling program is in Brownsville TMs best interest.

      (We TMre) going to take items that can go and be used all across the state and the world once (they are) recycled so it's a positive thing and I think it will be more cost effective," Camarillo said.

      The homes were specifically selected for the pilot program, but residents had the option to decline or participate and take the blue bin for their homes.