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Opinion

November 20, 2013

A greener Norman

NORMAN — The city’s curbside recycling program began following voter approval in 2008. It averaged 265 tons per month. About 40 percent of the eligible households routinely participated.

Now, with the August implementation of the every-other-week recycling pickups, the city is averaging 425 tons over the first three months. That’s hundreds of tons of material that won’t have to be buried in central Oklahoma landfills.

The blue cart program still may be in the new car phase, but household participation has risen to 75 percent. The biggest problem seems to be remembering which week is recycling week. (Trust your neighbors. If only one blue cart is out, it’s probably the wrong week).

“We’re only three months into it, so it’s still in the honeymoon phase, but it’s looking very, very promising,” City Utilities Director Ken Komiske told Transcript senior reporter Joy Hampton.

Trash customers have told us their blue recycling bins are usually full, while their green trash containers are not. Part of that may be the inclusion of cardboard to the list of items that can now be picked up curbside.

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