|Updated: 10/05/2012 7:28 pm
||Published: 10/05/2012 4:12 pm
Five days into Tulsa’s new recycling program and it’s already setting records. This year, there are thousands more people involved in Tulsa’s recycling program than before. Mary Ann Gugliuzza loves having more space and in 8 months of recycling, she has noticed a big change in her family’s trash.
"It's just adding to the garbage when you put that in the regular trash."
Tulsa had nearly 16,000 people signed up to recycle before the new program began. But now that 111,000 Tulsans are recycling curbside, they’re contributing to this….80 to 90,000 tons of recyclables a day. Once it’s all processed, it’s made into bales and shipped off to be sold. But just five days in, Tulsans are still learning what can and can’t go in the blue bin.
"We are asking residents not to bag the recyclables because of the way that they are processed,” says Liz Hunt with the City of Tulsa.
It’s always a good idea to rinse out any jars or plastic containers that can leave a residue and make sure you bag any shredded paper so as not to cause a big mess for the person picking up your recycling.
Don't put any broken glass or trash inside your cart because this can harm the person collecting it and contaminate the bin. Remember that trash and recycling pickups are done by separate crews. The recycle crew has until 8PM to pick up your recyclables.
The money used from the recycle products is put back into the City of Tulsa's budget, therefore helping to keep your costs down.