New automated program doubles recycling participation in one year
June 11, 2013 at 8:02 PM CDT - Updated July 25 at 6:22 PM
The Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) announced that resident participation in curbside recycling has doubled since last year.
This rise in participation can most likely be attributed to the single-stream, automated recycling program that was introduced in addition to the single-container, automated trash service in January 2013.
63 percent of residents participated in curbside recycling as of May 2013, which is up from 33 percent in May of last year.
The volume of recyclable materials being processed each month has more than doubled, with a total of 442 tons being collected monthly as of May 2013, while 208 tons was collected each month as of May 2012.
"It's encouraging to see the community embrace the new trash and recycling carts system and get more involved with recycling," says Ed Ziemer, deputy director of operations for EWSU.
Ziemer says that by making a conscious effort to recycle, residents are helping the environment by reducing the amount of waste that goes into the landfill.
"We hope this trend continues," Ziemer says.
Evansville's single-stream recycling system has simplified the "chore" of recycling by allowing residents to place all recyclable materials together in one container.
The 96-gallon recycling cart, provided by Allied Waste services, is distinguished by a green lid and has been provided to all Evansville trash and recycling customers.
EWSU would like to remind residents that the recycling container is strictly for recyclable materials and may not be used for trash.
Households that produce more trash than their containers hold may place overflow trash in bags or containers next to the trash cart through January 2015.