City corner column: Market Days moves to Riverside Park

Oct. 10, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.

By O.C. Garza

The city recycling center on Huvar Street takes plastics 1 and 2. What about plastics with 4, 5 and 6 stamped on the bottom of the containers?

Only Plastic No. 1 and No. 2 are collected at the Huvar Recycling Center.

A number of factors determine the "recyclability" of plastics. The three most important factors are the chemical composition of the plastic itself, the marketability of the plastic after it has been recycled and the process of collecting used plastics from consumers that will be recycled.

Plastics No. 1 and No. 2 are the most common plastics recycled and as you mentioned they are taken at the Huvar Recycle Center. Plastics No. 1 and No. 2 are inexpensive to recycle, there is a demand for these plastics and there is a proven collection process in place in most major Texas cities.

Plastic No. 1 is very common and used for soft drink containers, water bottles, sports drink bottles, and some makeup containers. Plastic No. 1 is designed for a single use only, and then it can be collected for recycling. Plastic No. 2 is used for milk and juice jugs, detergent containers and some grocery bags, again very common containers.

Things get more complicated when you get involved with plastics with higher recycle numbers, primarily because they are made of different chemicals and are intended for different uses.

For example, plastics that are designed for heating in microwave ovens have chemicals that are much more expensive to break down to the original plastics and then those chemicals must be separated from each other. In these instances it may be cheaper to produce new plastics from raw materials than to go through the recycle process.

Others plastics like No. 6 and No. 7 have chemicals that become toxic during the recycling process and would be expensive to recycle. Plastics No. 5 (medicine bottles, cereal liners, straws) are recyclable but the challenge is separating the desired plastic from the others, so a special recycling process is needed, driving the cost of recycling higher.

When do Market Days kick off again?

Victoria Market Days will start again on Saturday. Market Days has moved to Riverside Park because of the construction around De Leon Plaza. More than 100 vendors from around Texas will be on hand to sell their goods and wares. There is plenty of great food, arts and crafts, jewelry, leather works, wood works, and entertainment for the entire family.

If you are interested in renting a vendor booth, visit the city web site at and click on the Parks and Recreation link, or call 361-485-3200.

What is the new the Victoria Police program called "Name that Suspect?" Is it a quiz show?

I guess you can call it an online quiz show. "Name that Suspect" is a website the Victoria Police Department hosts to catch suspected criminals who have been photographed while committing a crime. A picture of the suspect is posted along with contact information for the investigating officer for that case.

Recently a suspect was captured when the website link was released to nearby law enforcement agencies.

Like Crimestoppers, Name that Suspect relies on the public to help identify suspects in unsolved cases.

Any suspects pictured on the web page are merely suspects and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Remember the general public should never attempt to confront, arrest or detain any suspect or wanted person. It is against the law to harbor, hide or assist a wanted person in any way with avoiding arrest.

If you can identify a suspect but want to remain anonymous, call the Victoria Crime Stoppers tip line at 361-572-4200. To get to the "Name that Suspect" page, go to the city website and click on the "Police" link.

Am I required to slow my car down if there is a stopped emergency vehicle on my side of the street?

Yes. State law now requires drivers approaching stopped emergency vehicles - with lights activated - to either slow down or change lanes. Drivers must vacate the lane closest to the stopped emergency vehicle if this is an option, or slow down 20 miles per hour below the speed limit. Emergency vehicles include police, emergency medical service and fire vehicles.

A violation of the law is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If a violation of the law results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If a violation of the law results in bodily injury, the offense is upgraded to a Class B misdemeanor.

The Victoria Police Department also advises that when drivers come upon emergency vehicles parked at an emergency in a residential area, to travel slowly and proceed with caution to protect the firefighters and police officers.

Send your questions and comments for any city department or activity to City of Victoria, Public Information Office, P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902, or



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