In the summer of 2012, the City began introducing a single cart recycling program. They did away with the two separate bins and limited collection to every other week.
“In March 2014 the [Single Cart] program completed a full year of operation and the results are still very encouraging,” Solid Waste Division Manager Mike Carroll told Bungalower.
Since that summer more than 7,000 residents have requested participation in the program which represents a 35% increase in homes participating.
“Most of these new participants are existing homes that have chosen to join the program and not newly built homes,” Carroll said. “We average about 70 new participants each week and that level of interest has held steady over the last few months.”
But it’s not just the number of homes participating, it’s the amount being recycled. There has been a 44% increase in the amount of recycling being collected.
Carroll tells Bungalower that prior to introducing the single cart program they were averaging 400 tons of recycling per month. They are now averaging 576 tons per month.
And because they are limiting pickup to every other week they are able to save about 750 gallons of fuel each month which equates to nearly $3,000 in monthly savings. Overall they have seen annual savings over $100,000 per year in total collection costs over bin recycling.
Some of the cart requests come from homes that already have one cart because they are recycling more than what you can fit in one large cart every two weeks.
If you need to request a recycling cart you can do so online here.
What do you think of the single cart recycling program?