History of the City’s Recycling Program
- 1991 – The City begins its recycling program using 18-gallon bins made from recycled Coca-Cola plastic crates.
- 1992 – Approximately 16% of Corpus Christi households participate in the City’s recycling program, resulting in about 3,000 tons of recyclable material collected annually.
- 2011 – The City begins utilizing single stream recycling. Curbside collection starts on a biweekly schedule, which quadruples the public’s participation in the program.
- 2016 – 72% of Corpus Christi households participate in the City’s recycling program.
What is single-stream recycling?
It is a system in which all recyclables including newspaper, aluminum cans, cardboard, and plastic are collected together and placed in a single bin for recycling. The items are collected by truck and taken to a materials recovery facility to be sorted into various commodity streams for sale to different markets, where it is then processed and used to manufacture new products.
First, an employee closely examines each truckload of recyclables, documenting a general description of the items brought in and noting any unusual or unexpected issues that the latest batch may present.
First line of defense
Workers manually separate recyclables as they pass on a conveyor belt.
Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are separated and placed in different collection areas.
Metal items are separated and placed in a large red bin for separate processing
An eddy current separator, which utilizes reverse polarity, separates cans from other waste after all metal items have been removed.
Shredded paper is accepted for recycling as long as it is not coated with wax or plastic. Also, when recycling shredded paper, make sure to place it in a clear plastic garbage bag.
Mixed paper and cardboard, which includes old magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paperboard (like cereal boxes) and old corrugated cardboard, are compacted into bales which weigh approximately 1400 pounds before being recycled.
Brand New Crush
It only takes 90 days to turn a crushed aluminum can into a new one.
Once they are separated from the other recyclables, they are compacted into bales which weigh an average of 1,000 pounds.
Plastic with a purpose
Bales of plastic bottles are shipped off to be recycled as new plastic which will be used to produce everything from new playground equipment to various household items.
All Bottled up
Others are reused to make more plastic bottles.