Over the past year there has been a surge of programs and initiatives in the Rio Grande Valley to make the region a greener and environmental friendly place to live.
Although, there has been a good amount of people trying to turn the valley greener, there are some that still aren’t recycling properly or helping preserve the environment. McAllen provides recycling collection services to 35,000 households, but about 30% of them actually recycle.
Delilah Martinez, Environmental Education Manager says, “I think there are two components to any campaign or any program. How to change human behavior? That is the challenge with this. Education is part of it. Getting that information out there to our residents.”
Nearly 40 tons of material are collected from the blue bins in McAllen everyday.
Tonight on News Center 23 at 10, our special report “A Greener Cleaner Valley” will show you how much of those tons is actually recyclable material, and you’ll see how one alternative high school is going green.