Houston's Solid Waste Management department and the Houston Recycling Collaboration announced April 19 the expansion of recycling efforts to encompass all plastic types—including dry cleaner bags, Styrofoam and bubble wrap—at the North Main Neighborhood Depository Center in Independence Heights, 9003 N. Main St., Houston.

The Houston Recycling Collaboration was formed in January 2022 between the city of Houston, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Cyclyx International and FCC Environmental Services. It aims to increase Houston’s plastics recycling rate by accelerating both mechanical and advanced recycling technologies, according to an April 19 news release.

Houston is taking part in brand Cyclyx's mission of increasing recyclability from 10% to 90%.

“Partnerships like this are key in moving toward a circular economy that reduces the impact of plastic waste on our communities, our bayous and our city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “We’re sending a message—with ExxonMobil and LyondellBasell, top leaders in the energy and chemical industries, along with innovative companies like Cyclyx and our established recycling partner FCC Environmental Services—Houston is dedicated to impacting change and setting the example for communities around the country.”

This news comes after the launch of an all-plastics recycling program at the Kingwood Recycling Center in December.