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Automated recycling pickup boosts Bloomington participation

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:26:14 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch says the city has achieved in seven weeks what many towns struggle for years to achieve, 60% participation in curbside recycling. Bloomington is moving to an automated single stream container pickup. For years, about 40% of residents have been putting out blue bins full of separated recyclables. Karch says they had 50% growth in seven weeks when the new program was announced.

Karch says signups for delivery of the first round of carts end on Friday. The city will do another signup, possibly next spring. karch says 50% participation in curbside recycling is generally considered good. The Town of Normal also moved to a single stream pickup program over the summer, but had a lower starting point because the town did not have recycling pickup before then. More than half of the residents in Normal now participate.

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