The city of Houston has won $1 million in the Mayors Challenge for their idea to create a new system that aims to recover 75% of all recyclables from waste by simplifying the process for residents.
The system calls for the construction of a sophisticated plant capable of separating all recyclables into separate streams after pick-up. Residents no longer have to do any sorting. All trash and recycling goes into one bin. Currently, only one out of seven tons of garbage gets recycled in the city. If Houston succeeds, this system could be the leader in waste sorting technology. Watch a VIDEO about the idea.