Curbside recycling was temporarily suspended in El Paso back in November due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now we know it's coming back but could cost you more.

At the end of November, the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department announced that the curbside recycling service in the city would be temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After December 1st, residents would only have their grey bins picked up at their homes because of staffing shortages the department was facing. Anyone who still wanted to recycle would have to take their items to one of the 5 Citizen Collection Stations (CCS) located throughout town.

Once the recycling program was paused, long lines and traffic were seen at the collection stations and residents complained about the long wait times to drop off their recyclables. Because of the demand by the public, the Environmental Services Department announced this week that there would be a phased-in return of curbside recycling starting on January 19th. The Department expects all customers will have their curbside recycling services back again by the second week of February.

Environmental Services Department Managing Director Ellen Smyth said in a press release they were happy to be bringing back the service to residents. According to KVIA, the city is looking to expand the program but will have to look at the rates customers are being charged.

 Residents can check their recycling collection date on the Environmental Services Department website starting next week so they don't miss their collection day. If anyone has any questions, customers can call (915) 212-6000.

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