New recycling bins to save thousands for Spokane

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by Hayley Guenthner & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 5:31 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 5:18 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The City of Spokane launched a new Single Stream Recycling program effective Monday. The efforts are expected to save over $900,000, and generate about $400,000.

Crews are dropping off new 64-gallon carts to Spokane homes. They're more than triple the size of the old bins. There is no sorting required with these efforts and more items are accepted. That includes things like office paper, junk mail, grocery bags, cereal boxes, and aluminum foil. Even batteries are a go, as long as they're in a plastic bag on top of the cart. Neighbors told KREM 2 they're thrilled.

"That bin is really hard to pack and carry when it's heavy and full," said one homeowner. "I was excited to hear about the new program and that they're accepting more stuff."

The new carts can be picked up automatically with new trucks, saving some manpower. The city is investing about $8,000,000 to get this thing off the ground. But, they expect it will soon pay for itself.

If you'd like to get rid of your old bin, just leave it out and the city will pick it up. You can also keep it.

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