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July 11, 2017

City of Greenwood sees major boost in recycling
Total tonnage, resident participation increase significantly after program changes

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The City of Greenwood has collected nearly 1,000 tons of recycling in 2017, a 31 percent increase over the first half of 2016. The number of resident households participating in recycling has risen dramatically as well, from approximately 5,700 to nearly 8,700 households and counting.

Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers attributes the success to program changes implemented at the beginning of 2017, including new wheeled bins and bi-weekly pickup schedules.

“We anticipated improvements in participation based on early positive feedback, but the immediate spike has been better than we could have imagined,” said Myers. “This initiative obviously strikes a chord with residents. More people are participating, more items are being recycled, and Greenwood is continuing to decrease our community’s carbon footprint.”

Myers added that positive environmental impact wasn’t the only benefit, saying that the changes are designed to save money as well.

“More recycling and less trash decrease costs and increase revenue to the program, allowing Greenwood to maintain lower rates in the future,” said Myers.

Last fall, Greenwood announced several improvements to its recycling services designed to increase resident participation, decrease carbon emissions and lower the amount of solid waste sent to landfills. Major highlights of the new program, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017, include:

  • New, 96-gallon, wheeled bins that have quickly become the industry standard for municipal waste management. Residents were previously using an 18-gallon bin.
  • Bi-weekly pickup, cutting in half pollution emitted by trucks collecting recyclables along the 220 miles that make up the coverage area. Previous pickup was done weekly.
  • No initial or additional fees for Greenwood residents.

As with the previous recycling program, participation is voluntary.