The city of Dallas is recycling at just half the rate it set as a goal in a "Zero Waste" plan that City Hall approved three years ago. But the city’s not kicking the blue bins to the curb just yet.
The plan’s first benchmark calls for getting Dallas residents and companies — by 2020 — to send 40 percent of their waste through recycling or re-use channels instead of trucking it to the landfill. That percentage — called the diversion rate — is at 21 percent, among the lowest rates of major Texas cities, according to the Sanitation Services Department.
Kelly High, the director of the department, said they are fighting a two-front battle.