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LA MARQUE, TEXAS (August 22, 2017) – Beginning October 2, 2017, citizens and businesses of La Marque will have new solid waste, recycling and bulk collection by Waste Management. Every home will receive a new 96-gallon green cart with a green lid for items considered trash and a new 96-gallon green cart with yellow lid for items considered recycling. Waste collection will be twice-a-week and recycling collection will be once every-other-week. Bulk collection will be once-a-week with a limit of five-cubic yards at the curb at no additional cost to the residents. Anything exceeding five-cubic yards can be scheduled for pickup at an additional charge.
Billing will still be managed by City of La Marque but customer service will he handled directly by Waste Management. According to Tina Ortiz, Utility Billing/Sanitation Manager, the set up will provide a higher level of service for the citizens and businesses of La Marque.
“I believe our citizens will be pleased with the change,” said Ortiz. “We are expecting a smooth transition and are excited to offer new and improved services.”
In late September, citizens will be asked to set out the old blue trash and recycling carts. The old carts will be picked up as the new carts are delivered. Please review the New Service Brochure attached to your new trash cart at the time of delivery. Official trash pickup from Waste Management begins on October 2, 2017. As the transition progresses, information will be provided with your water bill, on the city website and on social media.
According to La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking, better customer service and more reliable pickup were driving factors for the switch but the new contract also offers expanded recycling services to the citizens and businesses of La Marque.“When Waste Management takes over trash services in October, every household and business will be provided with a recycling cart,” said Hocking. “I, along with City Council, encourage citizens to recycle because it is good for you, the community and the environment.”
According to Waste Management, much of what goes into our landfills is recyclable- including frozen dinner containers. Acceptable items include:
Unacceptable items include foam packaging, soiled food containers (i.e. pizza boxes, dirty food containers, etc.), plastic grocery bags, electronics, ceramics or dishes, food waste/ garbage, light bulbs, window glass, mirror, wire clothes hangers, and yard waste.
Additional resources about recycling in La Marque, regular trash pickup and the transaction approaches. For information, visit trash.cityoflamarque.org, or please call Waste Management at 800-800-5804.
About Waste Management: Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
About the City of La Marque: The City of La Marque is strategically situated in Galveston County approximately 15 miles from the southern city limit of Houston and four miles north of Galveston Island. La Marque is the second-fastest-growing city in the county with an estimated population of 16,000 and an area of 14.25 square miles. Citizens enjoy coastal living, abundant housing options and the security of a hurricane protection levee system. The city provides a wide range of programs including Bayou Fest, an annual concert series and BBQ Cook Off; Magical Winter Lights, a 52-day holiday lantern festival and Crawfish Bash, an annual crawfish cook off that earned Guinness Book of World Records ranking in 2017. City of La Marque boasts easy access to world-class medical, travel and entertainment options. For business, La Marque offers developmental incentives, an abundance of commercial property and build-to-suit opportunities. La Marque is the Gateway to the Gulf. Discover the possibilities at www.cityoflamarque.org.
Colleen Merritt, MA, Public Relations Specialist
La Marque Economic Development Corporation
1130 1st Street,
La Marque, TX 77568
(409) 938-9255 Office
(409) 795-0165 Cell