Houston's 'One Bin For All' program honored nationally

March 13, 2013 7:02:15 AM PDT
Houston has been honored nationally for a philanthropic project. The city's 'One Bin for All' idea is one of programs honored by Bloomberg's Mayor's Challenge, a competition of innovate ideas to solve major challenges and improve city life.

Houston was selected one of five winners from the pool of more than 300 applicant cities. The voting was based on four criteria: vision, ability to implement, potential for impact and potential for replication.

'One Bin for All' uses technology to separate trash from recyclables, allowing residents to discard all materials in one bin, in hopes of increasing in the amount of waste diverted from landfills.

"I am thrilled that Houston has been selected as a Mayors Challenge winner," said Mayor Parker in a release issued Wednesday. "One Bin for All is a first-of-its kind innovation that will revolutionize the way we handle trash, achieving high-volume recycling and waste diversion, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lower operating costs."

Houston will receive a $1 million innovation prize to help implement One Bin for All. The city will also receive a $50,000 in-kind grant from IBM to support the implementation of the program.

Mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more were eligible to compete, with 305 cities representing 45 states submitting applications last September.

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