Tossing the city's old trash system

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 10/02/2012 2:32 pm Published: 10/01/2012 10:46 pm

The city's new trash program is underway. You've been given three options for pick up: refuse, recycling, and green-waste.

Some Tulsans are still grumbling about the changes while others, have made some mistakes that could mean their trash gets left at the curb.

There was a time when bagging and tossing was good enough. You could stack as many bags as you wanted. It didn't matter what it was: paper, plastic to some it was all trash.

Once the city stepped in everything changed. For the most part, city spokeswoman, Liz Hunt said folks like the system.

"We are thrilled Tulsans are embracing recycling,” said Hunt.

"I hate it; I hate it much,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to share his name.

He’s been grumbling for days.

"I do want to trash the whole system,” said the neighbor. “I want to go back to what we had before."

Instead, now he and everyone else will be separating refuse, recycling and green-waste.

"Anything that does not fit inside your cart will need to be bagged," said Hunt.

Anything outside your cart will cost you extra: 50 cents per bag.

"Ugh, yeah, that's wonderful,” said the neighbor.

Your green waste must go in a transparent bag. Hunt said the system allows you to determine how much you want to dump. It’s called "pay as you throw."

A ride down the block and you can see many have embraced the rules.

Michael Patton with The Metropolitan Environmental Trust said not enough people recycle. Patton said this new system will help.

"About 4,000 tons got recycled last year,” said Patton. “I think it's going to be 20 thousand this year."

November, through January your green-waste collection will be free. At any time you can take green-waste to the North Tulsa facility at no charge.
Recycling is optional, but should be made easy with the new carts that all Tulsa households received.

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