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February 13, 2014

It’s not easy being green

NORMAN — The city’s report on its curbside and drop-off recycling program makes us look pretty green, but it could be better.

Apartments and businesses that want to participate must take their recyclables to one of the three city drop-off centers. A pilot project to collect recycling at multi-family residences is being studied.

It’s not as simple as placing an additional dumpster in an apartment complex parking lot.

Currently, about 77 percent of those eligible to recycle actually use their blue carts every other week.

The participation and tonnage increased when the contractor began accepting cardboard in the big blue carts. Formerly, when residents wanted to recycle cardboard, they had to haul it to a drop-off center.

The average tons collected have increased from 300 tons per month to 440 tons over the past six months. That’s a lot of material that would have been landfilled without the program.

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