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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recycling carts delivered

Recycling carts delivered

         
         
City successfully delivers more than 17,000 recycling carts
The number of city residents who choose to recycle and how much they recycle has increased significantly since the city began its conversion to large blue recycling carts. Last week, the city completed delivery of more than 17,000 carts and are now delivering carts to new customers who recently signed up to recycle, as well as finishing up corrections on a few cart deliveries.

The number of recycling customers has increased by 16% since the city began converting to large blue recycling carts last spring. In addition, the amount of materials customers are recycling has increased by more than 36 tons since the new carts started being delivered last month.

The city now has 19,000 recycling customers with an overall participation rate of 63% and that number continues to increase, according to Solid Waste officials. Customers are encouraged to use their blue carts as soon as they are delivered. Beginning Jan. 7, 2013, recycling will be picked up every other week on the same day as trash collection, which will continue to be picked up weekly. The city will save $220,000 in annual manpower costs with the new schedule, and expects the amount of recycled materials to increase by up to 20 percent.

As the cart delivery winds down, the city asks customers who have their trash/recycling picked up by the city to call the Solid Waste Division at 341-7875 if:
  • You currently recycle and didn't get a cart, or got the wrong cart size; if you previously called in, you are on the list for a delivery and there is no need to call again.
  • You want to start recycling and need a blue cart – the city has a waiting list for new recycling customers and will try to deliver carts by Christmas;
  • You don’t want to keep your old red recycling bin – the city will pick it up upon request.

Click here for more information about the recycling program. 
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