Curbside recycling in Pocatello is now a 100% participation program (everyone pays for the service but can still choose to recycle or not). As of January 2012, nearly 70% of residential sanitation customers use the Blue Bins to recycle!!!! This is an amazing achievement.
Next steps forward, hopefully........
Encourage all residential customers to recycle in the Blue Bins. Tell family, friends, and neighbors how easy it is to recycle and why it is a good thing to do.
Expand the program to include businesses. Though a few businesses (less than 10%) already participate in the city program, most businesses generate more recyclable waste than can be handled by the blue bins. Providing the option of a 3 yard (or larger) container rather than a blue bin would encourage more business participation in the program.
Expand the program to include schools and institutions (ISU in particular) and provide larger containers to help increase collection volume.
Expand the program to include yard waste and leaves....to be composted of course! And add the collection of Christmas trees......to be chipped and reused instead of buried in the landfill.
Expand the program to include glass recycling......to be crushed and reused in road building projects (city and state) and as city landscaping mulch.
We are making a positive difference in the quality of life in our great community! Thank you, Pocatello!