If you ventured out today to drop your items at a recycling collection site, you may have noticed that they disappeared.
Steph Scheurer tells us about a new recycling program set to begin very soon.
"Newspapers, cardboard, oh and cans."
Some folks are mean green recycling machines.
And soon, you won't have to even leave your home to be a solution to the pollution.
Bismarck is making a switch to a new residential Single Sort Curbside Recycling Program.
"Each one will get an individual recycling container and with that they'll be able to put all recyclables into one container. Where now they used to sort things, take it to the passive locations, now it'll be right at their doorstep, picked up every other week," say Galen Bren, Recycling Specialist, Dept. of Public Works.
...and on the same day your trash is collected.
Making this curbside transition appeal to many residents.
"When they set up the containers to do it we'll do it. But, for me to do it on my own, I don't see that big a part of it right now because you'd use more energy taking your recycled products somewhere to be recycled."
The goal in reducing these recycling sites to just nine locations and converting to a new curbside program is not only to encourage you to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but also to reduce waste from the landfill.
"We're actually taking more than we did in the past. Glass will be taken in, extra cardboards are taken in, all junk mail, office paper. All that's going to be included. Hopefully, the thought is eventually your recyclables become way more than your trash will be. Your trash should go down, your recycling materials will come up," says Bren.
And the message - that recycling is no waste of time.
"It's important to recycle. I just believe in it."
Bismarck's 18 recycling collection sites will be closed effective today to help prepare for the new program set to begin mid-March.
Homeowners are encouraged to save their recyclable items until the new containers are delivered to their homes.
The recycling drop sites will be reduced to nine single sort locations when they resume in early April.
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