Dickinson working on recycling program for businesses

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Dickinson residents will be able to start using curbside recycling outside their homes this Fall, but there’s much more to come.

The Dickinson’s Solid Waste Department has started a pilot program with six local businesses in the area in an effort to start a recycling program.

The six are the Dickinson Library and Museum, Public Safety Center, City Hall, Public Works Department, and Animal Shelter.

“We want to see how much paper and cardboard is generated between these businesses and how that is going to work for us, ” said Rachel Shumaker, City of Dickinson Recycling Coordinator.

Josh and Amanda Hardin are the owners and operators of CNC Clothing gallery, and they said that on a sunny day the amount of cardboard they have is enough to cloud up their day.

“That’s the number one . . .  we have stacks and stacks of it. Just about every other week we have to take a trip(Baler Building) for the cardboard,” said Josh Hardin.

For business owners like the Hardins their major need in recycling isn’t aluminum cans or plastics, it’s cardboard

“Because whenever you go to put anything in the dumpster here, the majority of it is cardboard, ” said Josh Hardin.

Shumaker said starting a recycling program for businesses is a little harder than for residents.

“For residents is easy to give everyone a can. . . it’s a one size fits all program with businesses its not quite the same.”

When the recycling program rolls out in the Fall for residential homes, they will receive a 96 gallon bin to put their recyclables in, but business might need something bigger like a roll off or front load container to recycle their cardboard.

“It would be more than $4.25 . . . we haven’t discussed a fee schedule for that yet,” said Shumaker

However, the city and the Hardins just hope everyone gets involved.

“I would have loved it if they would of implemented it years upon years ago, because it is a big thing. . . but I am very excited they are implementing it now,” said Amanda Hardin, 

Shumaker said they would like to start the recycling program for businesses sometime in 2019.

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