Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?
Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>
The City of Houston is moving forward with plans to build a recycling project, but environmentalists still insist the project the city has chosen is, ironically enough, bad for the environment. Now city officials have opened up the field for bids on the project, and Tyson Sowell of the Texas Campai ... More >>
A day after Mayor Annise Parker jubilantly announced the city had won $1 million by being a finalist in a municipal-improvements contest, experts held a press conference to say the city's winning "One Bin For All" recycling project is bad for the environment. Experts like Tyson Sowell of the Texas ... More >>
Captain Planet and Mayor Annise Parker thanks you. Last month, the city of Houston was selected by the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge for their "One Bin For All" innovation, which would allow citizens to put all of their trash in one bin, and from there, a sorting facility (which is to ... More >>
Every day, don't you just hate separating your junk from what needs to be recycled and what's trash so that the city of Houston doesn't fine you for hating the Earth (and Captain Planet)? Well, that can all change by spamming a few clicks. The Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge has selected ... More >>
Monday is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday and there are quite a few things closed. Here's a rundown of what we know is closed and/or open. If you know of any things we missed, please add them in the comments. Most banks. The United States Post Office -- no mail delivery, except Expr ... More >>
Houston police are investigating the death of a man found dead at 9590 Clay Road about 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, November 7. A person sorting wastepaper at a paper recyling facility found the 37-year-old man. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Insititute of Forensic Sciences.
Solid waste, in terms of heavy trash pickup, is one of those essential but annoying city services you'd just as well like to take for granted. It's essential because, obviously, you want your crap taken away when the city says it will take your crap away. It's annoying because often that job can s ... More >>
Houston's strip malls increase heat, pollution.
Just noWe all know that the souls of aborted babies go to live with Jesus, but what of their earthly remains? Well, in Texas, they legally can't be disposed of in landfills -- which is exactly where the remains from two abortion clinics have been going, according to Texas Commission on Enviro ... More >>
We're no Minnesota, that's for sureThe numbers are in. When it comes to recycling computers and monitors, Texas sucks. Not only sucks, but out of the 20 states with computer recycling laws, Texas finished dead last, according to a study by the educational nonprofit, Texas Campaign for the Environ ... More >>
This week on Health Department Roundup, we work up a sweat while getting dirty. Welcome to the (vaguely) sports-related edition. Smokin J's, at 550 FM 1959, committed an unspecified ordinance violation in a January 20 inspection, while perhaps draining some jump shots. Huddle House, at 8619 ... More >>
Recycled choices make for a meager existence for Cairos slum boys
Residents of the Bay Oaks subdivision (in the Clear Lake area) are fed up with their community association and they aren't gonna take it anymore. Over 300 showed up last Wednesday at an impromptu meeting at the Bay Oaks Country Club that was called after a petition had been signed demanded to kno ... More >>
Global warming wouldn't stand a chance if these artists were in charge
Strange as it may seem, Houston -- The City That Recycling Forgot -- has implemented a nifty new program that helps the environment.Two weeks ago it opened a Houston Building Materials Reuse Center that helps contractors pick up environmental brownie points and save money, and lets non-profit groups ... More >>
Sure the far western reaches of the Houston are having the better of it when it comes to power, but they're falling behind in another area: garbage collection. Many of the `burbs get pick-up from Waste Management, and that company has issued a statement saying there's so much debris to be picked up ... More >>
The Texas Campaign for the Environment (TEC) opens an office in Houston today and plans to be hitting the streets organizing door-to-door this afternoon. They’ll be talking to residents about recycling options, including the Texas Computer Recycling law that went into effect last week -- oh, and c ... More >>
While Houston is all set to ratchet up its recycling program, some local experts wonder if the city’s overall philosophy is perhaps too shortsighted. According to a story in today’s Houston Chronicle, the City Council will vote today on new measures such as providing residents with 90-gallon bi ... More >>
Helping Hand Spurned
Greenstar North America is the country's largest private recycling company, and it's based here in Houston. It's about to build the state's biggest recycling facility, a 180,000-square-foot operation that will be able to process 20,000 tons a month. Where are they going to build Texas' biggest and ... More >>
The Progressive Reading Series is a monthly event in San Francisco, where book authors, comedians and musicians get on stage, do their thing and raise money for a good cause. The $1,000 to $2,000 raised each month usually goes to a political candidate, a drive to register voters, or any good cause. ... More >>
Houston, we have done our part to get this city off its non-recycling ass. We wrote this morning about how a group of San Franciscans wanted to donate recycling bins to the city, but they were getting absolutely no reponse from Houston officials. About an hour after the item went up on the Web, th ... More >>
Rubbers, nipples, sucking mouths. Now that we have your attention: reduce, reuse, recycle
Interactive exhibit presented by Doctors without Borders
A preacher makes the news again
The former kingmaker is back, sort of
A mountain of garbage in northeast Houston is looking to get bigger. Neighbors cry foul.
Avalon Drug Co. & Diner
Wildcat Golf Course
Houston was supposed to be cracking down on polluters. So why has it spent five years cleaning up on little guys like Walter Bazarsky?
City of West U RecycleXpress drop-off center
Portland Cement Association Safety Trophy
Local residents unite to fight the mountain of landfill trash headed their way
A former employee calls into question BFI's freshly scrubbed image
To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go