NORMAN — Those big, blue recycling carts will make their debut in some Norman neighborhoods on Monday. They replace the smaller green bins most of us have grown fond of over the past five years.
The carts can now accept cardboard as well as plastic bags. Previously, residents had to haul the flattened cardboard to one of the recyling stations. There’s no need to sort materials in the carts either.
Since curbside recycling began in March 2008 the contractor collected 16,844 tons of recyclable materials. This doesn’t include material left at the drop-off centers. Additionally, with the yard waste program, material that doesn’t need to be landfilled has been returned to yards as compost for gardens and flowerbeds.
The new contractor, Republic Services, has invested more than $1 million in new trucks and driver training. More than a few residents have commented that the carts are Kansas Jayhawk blue.
The every-two-weeks pickup cycle will take some getting used to. We’ve seen lots of the carts placed on the curb weeks ahead of the first pickup. The former contractor is picking up the old green bins, perhaps to recycle them.