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SAN ANTONIO -- Texas grocer H.E. Butt Grocery Co. is part of a new public/private recycling partnership for the city of Houston that will make the stores available as public recycling centers.
Abitibi-Consolidated, one of the largest recyclers of newspapers and magazines in North America, initiated the partnership, in which 84 recycling containers will be placed at store properties located throughout the Greater Houston region initially.
The company will prominently place containers at 28 HEB store locations for the collection of paper, plastics, aluminum, and metals. It will collect and weigh the recycled materials and directly pay the local affiliates of Keep Texas Beautiful based on its per-weight pay scale.
The agreement with HEB marks the first time Abitibi-Consolidated has committed to a multi-site arrangement with a singular private entity to collect multiple materials. The company said that by partnering with HEB, who "maintains a significant presence in the Greater Houston region," it will be able to reach more people.
Proceeds from the recycled materials will be used to support local initiatives, such as recycling educational programs and materials for children and community clean-up, as well as landscaping efforts. In 2006, Abitibi-Consolidated contributed more than $4 million to schools, churches, and not-for-profit organizations for their paper recovery efforts and saved approximately 8.5 million cubic yards of landfill space.