and you can recycle too.
Wapakoneta, Ohio has reduced its garbage dramatically by implementing an aggressive but voluntary municipal curbside pick-up recycling program. Designed and promoted by the city's Waste Minimization Committee, the program has 97% participation. The concept is simple- garbage and recycling are handled on the same weekly schedule. Residents are charged $6 per month for garbage service. Mixed non-recyclables are collected in 30 gallon bags costing the resident $1 each or in 15 gallon bags at 50 cents. Recyclables are collected at no additional charge in boxes provided. The more the resident recycles- the cheaper the service.
Markets are maintained by the Auglaize County Solid Waste District. Sorting at the Wapakoneta "drive-thru" recycling center is accomplished by volunteer groups who keep whatever revenues are generated by the materials they sort. Because revenues are routinely around $400 for 4 hours' work Saturday morning, there is usually a long queue. Volunteers learn first-hand about the 'finer points' of recycling and become experts at what to keep and what to toss.
The following items are also diverted from the landfill:
COMPOSTABLES are composted in Waste Minimization Committee subsidized backyard composters or accepted along with brush, limbs and fire wood at the city farm on Water Street.
DROP AND SWAP
In 2001, you reached a 34% recycling rate, Wapakoneta!
|TYPE||CITY POUNDS||CITY VALUE||GROUP POUNDS||GROUP VALUE|
|PETE Plastic (2 liter)||714||49.98||45,041||5,257.76|
|HDPE Plastic (Milk)||595||71.40||34,223||4,276.68|
|HDPE Plastic (Color)||392||27.44||25,744||1,930.04|
Amount generated by selling recyclables: $65,475.57
Amount Wapakoneta saved by not landfilling the above recyclables: $57,416.40
Total trash hauled to be landfilled: 3914.62 tons
Cost of landfilling what was not diverted for recycling: (@$36.90/ton) $144,449.48
Total Recycled Material: 1524 tons in 2001!
Total commercial and residential refuse collected: 3,917 tons
Wapakoneta sold 950 cases of white and red garbage bags in 2001.
Approximately 3,400 gallons of used motor oil was collected on Saturday drop-off.
Wapakoneta has 3,836 (average) residential refuse pick-up customers per week.
Wapakoneta has 208 commercial refuse pick-up customers per week.
Wapakoneta Recycles Hot Line: dial RE-USERS
Marlene Froning: Ohio's Recycling Volunteer of the Year 1999!
this page prepared by Steve Schuler email@example.com last updated April 24 2002